HOLD­ING BACK THE YEARS

Jo’s re­mark­able ca­reer

Runner's World (UK) - - Jo Pavey -

1988 English Schools 1500m ti­tle.

1997 Makes in­ter­na­tional rac­ing de­but at the World Champs in Athens, reach­ing the semi-fi­nal.

2000 At her first Olympics, in Syd­ney, she makes the 5000m fi­nal. She breaks her PB by 10 sec­onds, fin­ish­ing 12th.

2004 Fin­ishes fifth in the 5000m at the Athens Olympics.

2006 Wins sil­ver in the 5000m at the Mel­bourne Com­mon­wealth Games.

2008 Fin­ishes 12th in the 10,000m at her third Olympics, in Bei­jing.

2009 Has her first child, Ja­cob.

2012 Wins sil­ver in the 10,000m at the Euro­pean Champs in Helsinki; fin­ishes sev­enth (and first Euro­pean) in the 5000m and 10,000m fi­nal at the Lon­don Olympics (her fourth Games).

2013 Gives birth to Emily.

2014 Wins 5000m bronze at the Com­mon­wealth Games in Glas­gow; 10 days later takes gold, in the 10,000m, at the Euro­pean Champs in Zurich. Al­most 41, she is the old­est gold medal­list in the his­tory of the Cham­pi­onships.

2016 Runs the Olympic 10,000m qual­i­fy­ing time and se­lected to travel to Rio for her fifth Games.

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