Paula Radcliffe, Michael Johnson and the world-record holders at risk of losing their honours

Some of the greatest athletes of all time could be stripped of their world records as part of proposals by European Athletics chiefs in a bid to clean up the sport after a series of doping scandals.

All records set before 2005, totalling half of the 146 men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor records, are at risk .

Yahoo Sport UK have taken a look at the big names facing up to the prospect of being stripped of their honours.

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World records at risk – who could lose out?

World records at risk – who could lose out?

Linford Christie

Britain would lose the 4x200m indoor relay record of 1:21.11, dating back to 1991, with Linford Christie part of that team.

Kenenisa Bekele

Kenenisa Bekele, one of the greatest long-distance runners ever, would lose his 5,000m record set in May 2004 – shortly before the cut-off point.

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards’ triple jump record of 18.29m set in 1995 is at risk.

Flo Jo

American Griffith-Joyner, also known as Flo Jo, became a triple champion at the 1988 Seoul Olympics but may lose two records.

Hicham El Guerrouj

Legendary Moroccan middle-distance runner El Guerrouj stands to lose an incredible five world records.

Colin Jackson

Colin Jackson won the 60m hurdles in a world record time of 7.35 seconds in Glasgow in 1994 – a feat that would no longer be recognised by the history books.

Jan Zelezny

Jan Zelezny’s 98.48m javelin throw in 1996, still the longest in history, would be chalked off.

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson, the American track hero, was part of the US team that ran a time of 3:54.39 in the 4x400m relay at the 1993 World Championships – a record that would no longer stand.

Mike Powell

USA star Mike Powell set a long jump record of 8.95m in Tokyo in 1991 that would no longer remain if the changes take effect.

Paula Radcliffe

Paula Radcliffe’s two hours 15 minutes 25 seconds run at the 2003 London Marathon could be discounted.

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