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Athletics: Briton Pavey, 40, becomes oldest woman to win European gold

Published on Aug 13, 2014 4:41 AM
 
Jo Pavey of Britain celebrates after winning the women's 10,000m race during the European Athletics Championships at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich August 12, 2014. Pavey, who is 41 next month, is the oldest female to claim a gold medal at the European championships. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ZURICH (REUTERS) - Jo Pavey became the oldest female to claim a gold medal at the European championships when she won the 10,000m on Tuesday, the first track final of this year's event.

The Briton, who is 41 next month, took the lead with just over a lap to go and held off the challenge of Frenchwoman Clemence Calvin to snatch her first major championship title.

Pavey, silver medallist in Helsinki two years ago, finished in 32min 22.39sec, more than a second ahead of Calvin.

Laila Hmatou Traby of France was third.

 
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