Jo Pavey breaks records with Euro Gold at 40

British mother-of-two Jo Pavey has become the oldest ever female European champion at the age of 40.

The runner, whose daughter Emily was born only last year, won gold in the women's 10,000 metres at the opening night of the European Championships in Zurich.

Jo Pavey celebrates winning. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It comes just 10 days after the four-time Olympian claimed won bronze in the 5,000m at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

But she showed no signs of fatigue as she stuck with a breakaway pack and took the lead with a lap to go.

Pavey, who turns 41 next month, replaces Irina Khabarova - part of Russia's triumphant 4x100m relay team in 2006 at the age of 40 years and 27 days - as the oldest ever female European gold medallist.