Emus and ostriches helped Radcliffe fly to world record

LONDON: Emu oil and ostrich meat were the essential ingredients that helped Paula Radcliffe to a world marathon record, the British runner revealed here on Monday. 

Radcliffe sliced nearly two minutes off her own women's world marathon record when she ran 2'15:25s in the London Marathon on Sunday but nearly didn't make it to the start line.  

Last month she was training at altitude in Albuquerque when she collided with an infant on a bike and dislocated her jaw. 

“The cuts and grazes were not healing up and I was getting worried. One knee was especially bad,” a relaxed Radcliffe told a press conference, looking none the worse for her spill nor her record run which she admitted had left her in more pain. 

“The oil stops the cuts and grazes hardening and breaking. It's a traditional aboriginal remedy and has all the essential oils. Sonia O'Sullivan (Ireland's former world cross country champion) had brought some in from Australia. I tried it and it worked well.” 

Radcliffe admitted that she helped diminish further the population of flightless birds by regularly eating ostrich steaks, which are rich in iron.  

However, food wasn't immediately on the menu after her outing around London which left her at least US$650,000 richer. 

She received US$255,000 in prize money and Britain's most instantly recognisable sportswoman picked up an undisclosed appearance fee, that London Marathon sources suggested was in the regions of US$400,000.  

Radcliffe will not defend her title next year. She has said that she will not run another marathon until the 2004 Olympics, and even that is not certain. – AFP  

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