Disappointment for Jo Pavey at Euro Championships

There has been disappointment for Devon's Jo Pavey in the women's 5,000 metres final at the European Championships.

The 40-year-old was unable to add to her gold medal in the 10,000 metres, finishing a disappointing 7th.

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Jo Pavey: No plans to retire after European gold

Jo Pavey has told ITV News she has no plans to retire just yet after becoming the oldest ever female European athletics champion at the age of 40.

Jo Pavey plans to carry on competing after her victory. Credit: PA Wire

The British mother-of-two won gold in the women's 10,000 metres at the European championships in Zurich on Tuesday night, just 10 days after she claimed bronze at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

But Pavey, who is due to compete again in the 5,000 metres, told ITV News' Sasha Williams she intends to "keep going".

"I want to keep going. At the start of the year I thought how long much longer can I go on, but I've been pleasantly surprised that I've still been able to be competitive so I've definitely got no thoughts of retiring yet."

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Pavey - "I thought it was the wrong event at one point"

Forty-year-old Jo Pavey says she thought the 10,000 metres might be the wrong event for here, finding it quite a long way. But the mother of two proved herself wrong to become the oldest ever female European champion, after a stunning victory for Great Britain.

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

The athlete's winning performance was one better than her last appearance at the 2012 European Championships when she took a silver medal from Helsinki.

I can't believe it. I am just thrilled.

I was finding it quite a long way, I thought it was the wrong event at one point.

It was really emotional to have my daughter Emily watch me for the first time, we thought she might be scared, but decided to gamble it.

To try for so many years and to finally do it at the age of 40 is funny really. I should have learned how it do it by now.

– Jo Pavey

Devon's Pavey wins first gold medal of her career

Jo Pavey celebrates winning the first gold medal of her career. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Devon's Jo Pavey has tonight won the first gold medal of her illustrious career.

The 40-year-old from Honiton came first in the Women's 10,000 metres at the European Championships in Zurich.

She becomes the oldest woman to win a European title.

It adds to her recent bronze medal in the 5,000 metres at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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