Fernanda Ribeiro after winning the 10,000m at the 1996 Olympic Games (Getty Images) © Copyright
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Fernanda Ribeiro to make marathon debut in London

Portugal's Olympic 10,000 metres champion Fernanda Ribeiro will make her marathon debut in London in April.

Ribeiro missed out on making her debut in London last year because of injury but organisers said on Wednesday she planned to take part in the race on April 16.

The 31 year old made her athletics debut at the age of 11 when she came second in a half marathon with 1:24.02. just fours seconds behind Rosa Mota. She fulfilled her long-time promise in 1994 with brilliant performances to win European titles indoors and out, was 10,000m World Champion in 1995, and 1996 Olympic champion in Atlanta.