Jo Pavey wins European Championship gold at the age of 40

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Jo Pavey has become the oldest ever woman to win European Championship gold as she stormed to the 10,000m title on the first day of competition in Zurich.

40-year-old Pavey, who only gave birth to her youngest child 11 months ago, timed her race to perfection to power away from French rival Clemence Calvin to take the gold.

It's the first major championships gold for the long-distance runner, and matches the feat of the great Paula Radcliffe, who took the crown in Munich 12 years ago.

It was Calvin -16 years Pavey's junior - who hit the front first, though, leading at the bell before the GB athlete burst away with 150m to go. The result comes just weeks after taking the bronze in the 5000m at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

100m heats

Elsewhere, all three of Britain's male sprinters made it safely through their 100m heats, all winning their races.

Dwain Chambers won his in 10.18 seconds, with James Dasaolu running 10.22 seconds and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey clocking 10.19s.

The man to beat, though, looks to be France's Jimmy Vicaut. The Frenchman, the fastest man in the field this year, eased to victory in an impressive time of 10.06s.

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There was also success on the track for 400m world champion Christine Ohuruogu and 110m hurdler Tiffany Porter, who both progressed to thei semis as heat winners.

But there was some disappointment for Britain on day one of the Championships, with 800m runners Michael Rimmer and Andrew Osagie both crashing out in the first round of the event.

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Christine Ohuruogu
Commonwealth Games

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