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Pavey wins historic 10,000m gold at age of 40

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Jo Pavey saw off France's Clemence Calvin - 16 years her junior - for victory © Getty Images
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Great Britain's Jo Pavey became the oldest female gold medallist in European Championships history at the age of 40 after winning the women's 10,000m final in Zurich.

Mother of two Pavey, who only gave birth to daughter Emily 11 months ago, surged past France's Clemence Calvin, 16 years her junior, at the bell before kicking hard again to take her first major title.

"I just can't believe it. I was finding it quite a long way - I was thinking, is this the right event?" Pavey, who won Commonwealth Games 5,000m bronze 10 days ago, told BBC Sport.

"I'm really thrilled. I tried to do a controlled last lap, but when I got to the home straight I thought, just give it all you've got, so you don't regret anything."

Pavey, who turns 41 next month, finished in 32 minutes and 22.39 seconds, with Calvin holding on for silver and compatriot Laila Traby taking bronze.

Meanwhile, all three British men progressed to Wednesday's 100m semi-finals. Dwain Chambers won the second heat in 10.18 secs while James Dasaolu eased up to take the third in 10.22 secs, before Harry Aikines-Aryeetey won his heat in 10.19 secs.

Elsewhere, world champion Christine Ohuruogu ran a season's best to win her 400m heat in 51.40 secs, with Tiffany Porter safely into the 100m hurdles final as the fastest qualifier.

However, Andrew Osagie and Michael Rimmer who failed to make the 800m final.

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