Paula Radcliffe feels like she has been “almost abused” by calls for her to release her blood data.

The former British athlete, 41, says she has been implicated by a parliamentary hearing on blood doping, following a Sunday Times investigation.

Asked if freeing data would clear her, she said: “I don’t need to. I’m clean.

“I’m not being forced and almost abused into giving a knee-jerk reaction to something that goes against other people, who I trust.”

Radcliffe’s stance is in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), who believe that releasing data for athletes can be misinterpreted.

The marathon world record holder said she would not release her records to “protect a lot of other innocent athletes”. She told the BBC: “I do not want to see another innocent athlete put through what I’ve been through in the last few months.”

Five-time Olympic champion Sir Steve Redgrave has criticised the treatment of Radcliffe – a three-time London Marathon winner and the only British athlete since 1996 to triumph at the event.

In a Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee hearing on Tuesday, Jesse Norman MP suggested London Marathon winners and medallists and “potentially British athletes” were under suspicion.

Despite Radcliffe not being named, Redgrave told BBC Sport: “The way Paula is being looked at is wrong.

“Rumours going around for days and weeks is not the way to handle it.”


Source: BBC News

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