only be two possible outcomes in new york - win or lose. if radcliffe crosses theline first she will have proved her critics wrong. but if she fails to triumph sherisks being labelled a has-been and her profile will suffer. and for any athletethat can have repercussions in terms of sponsorship appearance fees as well asfurther self esteem issues. athletes need to try and stay focused on theirinternal controls and ignore external questions explains richards who has workedwith past olympians. she must not get caught up in someone else s agenda.radcliffe s best friend and fellow distance runner liz yelling revealed the 30-year-old is already aware she will be exposing herself to more public scrutiny innew york. she just thought well they can t think any worse of me now yellingtold bbc sport. she s just doing what she wants to do and not thinking about theconsequences of it. radcliffe described her decision to enter the new yorkmarathon as impulsive but she is certain to have a tick-list of personal goals.