Radcliffe out of marathon
World record holder Paula Radcliffe will not be able to attempt to claim her fourth London Marathon title after sustaining a toe tendon injury.
Her withdrawal comes five months before she bids for the Olympic title in Beijing where she is aiming to atone for dropping out of the 2004 race.
She said: "In marathon training there are no short cuts and there is simply not enough time to be in shape."
Radcliffe: I will be fit
Paula Radcliffe is determined her toe tendon injury will not rule her out of the Beijing Olympics this year.
Radcliffe has had to pull out of next month's London Marathon after sustaining the problem at her training base in America, but she is confident of returning to full fitness.
The 34-year-old said: "Now I must concentrate on being as well prepared as possible for Beijing."