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Jo Pavey hits Rio 10,000m qualifying time at 42

Jo Pavey has succeeded in running the qualifying time for next month's Olympics at the age of 42, despite failing to defend her European Championship 10,000m.

Jo Pavey (right) and Jess Andrews after the Women's 10,000m Final during day one of the 2016 European Athletic Championships at the Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam. Credit: PA

Pavey finished in fifth spot in Amsterdam with a season's best 31 minutes 34 seconds. She had needed to finish in 32:15 to qualify for Rio.

The athlete has competed at every Olympics since 2000. Pavey will now wait to see whether she will be selected for Rio.

Jo Pavey during the Women's 10,000m Final during day one of the 2016 European Athletic Championships. Credit: PA


The Great West Run: look-ahead with star athlete Jo Pavey

As thousands of people are lacing their trainers and filling their water bottles ready for the Great West Run in Exeter, we've been catching up with the woman who's going to start them all off on Sunday: Devon's superstar runner, Jo Pavey

The West Hill runner gained international fame after winning the European Championships in Zurich last year. Her heart is set on a 5th Olympic appearance, but this weekend really won't be about the winning, but the taking part.

She'll officially get the race underway at 9am Sunday, it's raising money for many charities including the race charity Children's Hospice South West.

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And for the 4000 people set to take part, Jo says there's a real treat in store:

It's just such a fantastic course taking in the sights of the city and the pretty country lanes like Stoke Woods and St Andrews Lane.

I'm just excited about going along it's such an honour and I'm really looking forward to it.

The race is now in its 30th year

Jo Pavey set to get bronze medal eight years after race

Jo Pavey missed out on a medal with a fourth-place finish in Osaka. Credit: Gareth Copley/PA Wire

Olympian Jo Pavey, a Bristol University graduate, looks likely to win a bronze medal for a race from 8 years ago - because the woman who won silver is facing doping charges.

Elvan Abeylegesse is among dozens of athletes whose urine samples from earlier championships have been re-analysed and tested positive for a banned substance.

An emotional Pavey tweeted to confirm the rumour, after saying earlier in the week that it would be "bittersweet" to get the medal from the 2007 World Championships in Osaka.

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