Pavey focused on the track for Rio 2016 bid

21 October 2014 / 10:17

European champion Jo Pavey will be concentrating her efforts on the track as she aims to make a fifth Olympic appearance at Rio 2016.

Mother-of-two Pavey made history in August by becoming the oldest female European champion with victory at the age of 40 in the 10,000m in Zurich.

It capped off a season to remember for Pavey who also claimed bronze in the shorter 5,000m at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow ten days earlier.

And, while her performances came as a welcome surprise to her, Pavey is intent on maintaining her form through to Rio.

Pavey’s best finish at an Olympic Games is fifth in the 5,000m at Athens 2004 while she has also represented Team GB at Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008 and most recently London 2012 where she finished seventh in both the 5,000m and 10,000m.

She has also run the London and New York marathons in her career but Pavey insists it is on the track where her major plans lay.

"People ask if I would like to do the marathon and I would like to run another one in the next couple of years but ideally I'd run on the track, if selected," she told BBC Sport.

"Next year I'd like to qualify for the World Championships in Beijing in the 5,000m or 10,000m, and my long-term thoughts are getting to Rio.

"To be honest, at the start of the season, I thought maybe I would be retired this year.

"I wondered if I might scrape into the team, and I'm really thrilled that I'm more competitive than I thought I'd be."

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