Jo Pavey wins 10,000m gold at the age of 40

Jo Pavey won her first major championship gold medal at the age of 40 on Tuesday night, and in the process became the oldest female European champion in history.

Ten days after the mother of two stunned Hampden Park to claim a “surreal” Commonwealth Games 5,000 metres bronze medal, she clinched the 10,000m at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich.

Pavey has previously said that she may try to qualify for the 2016 Olympics and the 2018 Commonwealth Games. “I’m going to be quite old by then,” she conceded. By all conventional athletics standards, she passed “quite old” half a dozen years ago. Amazingly, she is getting only better with age.

“I just can’t believe it,” she said after her victory in 32 min 22.39 sec. “I really enjoyed it but I’m really surprised. Is this the wrong event? It just felt so long!”

It was yet another remarkable achievement for an athlete who seems not to know when to call it a day.

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