Paula Radcliffe ‘categorically denies’ doping allegations

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Paula Radcliffe has hit back at accusations made by The Sunday Times newspaper accusing athletes of cheating.

Although Radcliffe was not specifically named, The Sunday Times published several pieces throughout August arguing that data taken from 5,000 athletes between 2011 and 2012 showed an 'extraordinary extent of cheating.'

Radcliffe issued a 1,700 statement furiously denying allegations that emerged in today’s anti-doping parliamentary enquiry, saying she is 'devastated' her name has been 'linked to these wide-ranging accusations.'

The 41-year-old Olympian said the allegations made by the Sunday Times effectively implicating her were 'untrue' and threatened to 'undermine' everything she had stood for during her career.

In her statement Radcliffe said: 'I have campaigned long and hard throughout my career for a clean sport. I have publicly condemned cheats and those who aid them. These accusations threaten to undermine all I have stood and competed for, as well as my hard-earned reputation.

'By linking me to allegations of cheating, damage done to my name and reputation can never be fully repaired, no matter how untrue I know them to be.'

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) called the allegations 'sensationalist and confusing' and denied it had failed in its duty to carry out effective blood testing.

To read Paula Radcliffe's full statement, click here.