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Radcliffe's reputation 'damaged' ATHLETICS.

PAULA Radcliffe has accused the MPs whose debate embroiled her in doping allegations of causing lasting damage to her reputation.

Women's marathon world record holder Radcliffe suggested a parliamentary hearing into doping last year was "a set-up".

The 42-year-old was among those whose blood data was leaked to a German broadcaster in 2014 and three of her scores were flagged as "suspicious".

Radcliffe believed she was effectively named during a culture, media and sport select committee hearing in September, when London Marathon winners were discussed, and decided to go public by issuing a statement in which she categorically denied doping.

She has been cleared of being a drugs offender by athletics' world governing body the IAAF and UK Anti-Doping.

Radcliffe has accepted a partial apology from Jesse Norman, chairman of the culture, media and sport select committee.

"Personally I do feel I would appreciate an apology," Radcliffe said. "He may not have intentionally meant to name me but if you ask him to name a winner or medallist of the London Marathon I don't think he could name any of the others in that period. It shouldn't have come down to that.

"It just smacks to me of a little bit of a set-up and an exercise for the MPs instead of an exercise to get to the truth and to determine is the UK huge, does it have a problem with blood doping in athletics."

Asked whether people would consider her a cheat in the wake of doping allegations in athletics, Radcliffe said: "That's the damage that has been done. No matter what I do now there will always be people out there who will believe that.''

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