London 2012 Olympics: Freya Murray replaces Paula Radcliffe in marathon

Freya Murray: expected to replace Paula Radcliffe in the Olympics Marathon. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
Freya Murray: expected to replace Paula Radcliffe in the Olympics Marathon. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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EDINBURGH’S Freya Murray was today cleared to take the Olympic marathon place given up by injured Paula Radcliffe.

The British Olympic Association confirmed the 28-year-old had been approved as a late call-up by the International Olympic Committee and athletics’ world governing body the IAAF.

Marathon world record holder Radcliffe withdrew yesterday due to a foot injury, creating space in the squad for the Heriot-Watt University engineering graduate ahead of Sunday’s race.

Murray had been named as a reserve for the marathon in April and has kept up her training, and said today: “I am absolutely delighted to have been selected to Team GB and I will be aiming to do Britain proud in London on Sunday.

“My thoughts go out to Paula, who has been extremely supportive towards me throughout this process. Both she and UKA have been keeping me informed of the situation, so I knew there was a chance I would be competing which has helped.”

Team GB chef de mission Andy Hunt believes Murray will justify her selection.

Hunt said: “We are proud to welcome Freya to Team GB. We know she has been training hard and preparing, and will arrive fully ready to compete and deliver her personal best.”