Paula Radcliffe's husband calls on WADA to defend her over doping claims

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Paula Radcliffe's trainer and husband believes it is time the World Anti-Doping Agency cleared her of all doping allegations.

Radcliffe's blood test results have been made public by Sky News and the marathon record holder says they prove she is innocent.

Gary Lough told BBC Radio 5 Live: "A panel of WADA experts have reviewed the data - I don't know what stage that's got to but I think it was three or four weeks ago WADA stated that.


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"Paula is now 'out there' and to my mind WADA is supposed to protect the clean athletes.

"While WADA says the commission is possibly not ready to report until October, possibly later, I think this is a special circumstance.

"I would like them to come out and say her file has been reviewed and there's no case to answer."

The results showed three "off-scores" were 114.86, 109.86 and 109.3 - Press Association Sport understands the figures to be correct.

Scores above 103 by a female athlete can be regarded as "suspicious" but training at altitude and tests taken immediately after a race can cause higher results.

World athletics chief Lord Coe has defended Radcliffe, railing against potential "McCarthy-esque witch hunts" and maintaining she should not have been forced into defending herself.

The new International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president likened pressuring stars into releasing data to communism interrogations led by 1950s American politician Joseph McCarthy.

"I don't think she should have been forced to do it," said Coe of Radcliffe. "I absolutely believe Paula Radcliffe is clean.

"I don't think she should have been put in that position, I really don't.

"When we started down this road a few weeks ago I was very clear that no athlete should feel under pressure to release stuff that is private to them.

"It is shared by WADA and the IAAF but it is ultimately their decision. I was very clear, and UK Athletics said exactly the same.

"So the judgement she's made is one made from a position she should not have been in. I don't think she should have been treated the way she was.

"It's all about trust in the sport and I'm not going to shy away from that.

"We've got to be very clear here that we don't end up on McCarthy-esque witch hunts around athletes that are doing their very best and doing it in a very clean way.

"With all due respect, is this the sort of information select committees should be making judgements about? I think not.

"The reason you don't just condemn an athlete on one or two readings is these are longitudinal studies.

"The clue is in the word longitudinal."

Radcliffe herself said the results had been looked at by an independent expert and she had reports clearing her.

She told Sky News: "I had to wait to get those in place but I'm very glad I have them. They can tell me you don't have three values that crossed any threshold, not when you apply the context of whether the test followed a period of altitude training or was carried out at altitude.

"Not when you apply whether the two-hour rule - that it cannot be used within two hours of hard competition or hard training - is not valid. That rules out two of the tests they are referring to, and the other is not above the threshold."

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