Pavey claims European silver

01 July 2012 / 16:42

Jo Pavey has won Britain's sixth medal of the European Championships with silver in the 10,000 metres in Helsinki.

Pavey was unable to stay with eventual champion Dulce Felix of Portugal when she made the decisive break with eight laps to go, and found herself third at the bell behind Ukraine's Olha Skrypak.

However, the 38-year-old Devon athlete overtook Skrypak in the home straight to secure silver in 31 minutes and 49.03 seconds, with Ireland's Fionnuala Britton in fourth.

Pavey's team-mate Charlotte Purdue was sixth in 32mins 28.46secs, with Gemma Steel ninth in 32:46.32.

Pavey only returned to track action after her Olympic marathon gamble backfired in April.

She opted to miss the London Marathon and hope that her time from last year's race was enough to claim the last available place alongside Paula Radcliffe and Mara Yamauchi, but watched on TV as both Claire Hallissey and Freya Murray eclipsed her time, with Hallissey subsequently selected.

"It's been a real blessing in disguise," said Pavey, who is likely to run both the 5,000 and 10,000m at the Olympics.

"I would have taken a marathon place if I was given it because it would have been a massive gamble not to accept it.

"It was kind of nice not to have any choice and it's made me feel young. I'm really thrilled to get a medal. Doing track this year after two years on the road has been really fun."

Hopes of another medal in the men's 4x100m relay lasted barely 10 seconds however, with Christian Malcolm on the first leg and Dwain Chambers on the second failing to exchange the baton - another relay failure coming the day after the women's team were disqualified and failed to secure a place at their home Olympics.