Britain’s 42-Year-Old Athlete Jo Pavey Makes Olympic Team

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By Adebayo Williams

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Team Great Britain have named 42-year-old long distance runner, Jo Pavey in the team to represent them at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio. Pavey will be the oldest British woman to run in the Olympics. She achieved the 10,000 metres at the European Championships, ahead of 24-year-old Kate Avery, in Amsterdam last week.

Christine Ohuruogu, 32, who won gold in Beijing, is selected for the 400m. They are among a team of 80 athletes selected to represent Britain in Rio that will be looking to improve on the haul of six medals in 2012.

Athletics team leader Neil Black told BBC Sport: "It's vital to be clear that we have selected Jo Pavey because she has shown form and we believe she will perform at the highest level at Rio."

"It took significant time and analysis but it was about picking the person we thought would perform at the highest level," said Black.

"It's a great story and I'm so pleased for her, but I feel for Kate."

Dina Asher-Smith, 20, won gold in the 200m in Amsterdam and is picked for her first Olympic Games, as is men's sprinter Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, 22. 'Super Saturday' gold medallists Jessica Ennis-Hill, 30, Mo Farah, 33, and Greg Rutherford, 29, are all in.

 

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