You may have heard of Jo Pavey, the 4o year old who battled it out with Kenyan athletes to win bronze medals at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The mum of two’s amazing story was inspiring given the fact that she had a baby only 11 months ago.
A few weeks later, she has gone on to make history in Zurich, winning the gold medal in the 10, 000m to become the oldest woman to be crowned winner at the European championships.
Speaking after the race, Pavey told reporters it had been a challenge getting back in shape after pregnancy, but admits that motherhood put things in perspective for her.
“I feel so happy in my personal life. Before my first child, it concerned me that I hadn’t had a child. Now I’m fortunate to have two children, my running can just be what it is now,” she said.
“I’m definitely still enjoying it, and I’m fortunate that my running gives us more time together as a family rather than less.”
The win would have meant everything to the athlete who has competed in four Olympic games, without winning the gold medal.
Pavey who, amazingly was still breastfeeding in April and had to rush her training to catch up still managed to beat athletes 16 years younger than her to emerge victorious.
Another athlete who would be celebrating his win is Mo Farah who took home the gold medal in the men’s 10, 000m final after what must be a disappointing year so far.
The 31-year-old collapsed at the New York Marathon earlier this year, finished 8th at the London Marathon and then pulled out of the Commonwealth games – for which many fans and spectators were quite disappointed.
Two weeks ago, Farah was airlifted lifted to hospital after collapsing at home due to heart related problems.
It’s almost a miracle that he’s still managed to pull off a victory, given the circumstances, but the father of three remains resolute and optimistic.
“This one meant a lot to me.”
“Two weeks ago there was doubt I was going to compete here after I pulled out of the Commonwealth Games but training has gone well. It would have been nice to run a little bit slower – a few times I tried to go to the front and slow it down, but it didn’t work.”
“I like the 10K, I prefer it, so to come out here and win meant more than anything else in the world. It was probably closer to the Olympics, because only three weeks ago I pulled out of the Commonwealths and things weren’t going well. So this means a hell of a lot.”