JO PAVEY turn 42 year old today and selected as part of Team Great Britain’s 80-strong athletics squad for the Rio 2016.
She was chosen ahead of Kate Avery, 24, for the third discretionary spot alongside team-mates Jessica Andrews and Beth Potter, who had qualified automatically.
Pavey had struggled with illness and an unexpected canceled race earlier this season then also after his selection she tweeted: “So happy to be selected for my fifth Olympic Games.”
Her performance at last week’s European Athletics Championships, where she earned the qualifying standard while finishing fifth, was enough to persuade the selectors that she deserved her spot on the plane.
Neil Black said: “Jo’s inclusion gives the message that there are no limitations in sport.
“It shows you can have a family and still be involved at the highest level.
“I hope it gives everyone the encouragement and drives home the message that, whatever age you are, you can still be active, exercise and have good health.”
She became European 10,000m champion and a 5,000m bronze medallist at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games – just 10 months after giving birth to daughter Emily.
He said: “Some people might think we might have picked Jo because of five Olympics and her age. That’s not why we picked her.
“We had a performance-related discussion. She had been unwell around the trials.
“She still came and bust a gut despite she knew she wasn’t going to be able to perform at her best.
“She was desperate to come to Amsterdam and she demonstrated what we’ve seen from her so many times before, that she’s still got the ability. And she’s on an upward trend”.