London 2012: Jo Pavey runs 10,000m Olympic qualifying time

Jo Pavey ran the 10,000m qualifying time for the 2012 Olympics as she came second in the European Cup.

Pavey, 38, has turned her attentions to the track after missing out on a spot in the Olympic marathon.


It was an excellent run by Jo Pavey to place second in 31:32.22, her quickest 10,000m in four years. Following on from her two good 5000s last month, I feel that the 38-year-old could contest either or both of these events at the London Olympics. Less good was the news that no other British contenders got near to the Olympic qualifying standard in Bilbao.

The former 5,000m Commonwealth Games silver medallist clocked a season's best 31 minutes 32.22 seconds as she finished behind Portuguese winner Sara Moreira.

Pavey's run was her quickest 10,000m in four years and her time is second in the 2012 British rankings to Julia Bleasdale's 31:29.57.

Charlotte Purdue finished seventh and Gemma Steel ninth as Britain won the team competition in Bilbao.

However, their times were well short of the Olympic qualifying standard.

Leading & British results


1. Polat Kemboi Arikan TUR 27:56.28

2. Ayad Lamdassem ESP 28:04.22

3. Carles Castillejo ESP 28:07.50

18. John Beattie GBR 29:49.59

20. James Walsh GBR 29:53.44

Did not finish - Keith Gerrard GBR


1. Sara Moreira POR 31:23.51

2. Jo Pavey GBR 31:32.22

3. Christelle Daunay FRA 31:35.81

7. Charlotte Purdue GBR 32:18.44

9. Gemma Steel GBR 32:34.81

14. Hannah Walker GBR 33:10.95

15. Sonia Samuels GBR 33:11.53

19. Freya Murray GBR 33:16.13