Jo Pavey wins European Championship gold at the age of 40

Published Add your comment

Football News

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.

Related articles

Victor Garcia knocked out in Steeplechase

Mo Farah nearly had a minor heart attack

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.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Christine Ohuruogu
Commonwealth Games

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again