Jo Pavey

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Club:Exeter
Gender:Female
Date of Birth:20/09/1973
Age Group:V40
County:Devon
Region:South West
Nation:England
Lead Coach:Gavin Pavey

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Domestic Championships Record
1988 – ESAA Championships (U15) 1500m gold
1997 – UK Championships 1500m gold
2000 – AAA Championships 5000m silver
2001 – AAA Championships 5000m gold
2004 – AAA Indoor Championships 3000m gold
2005 – AAA Indoor Championships 3000m gold
2006 – AAA Championships 5000m gold
2007 – National Championships 10,000m gold. Norwich Union World Trials 5000m gold
2008 – National Championships 10,000m gold. Olympic Trials 5000m gold
2012 – Aviva Olympic Trials & UK Championships 5000m gold

Major Championships Record
2012 – Olympic Games 10,000m 7th, 5000m 7th
2008 – Olympic Games 10,000m 12th
2007 – World Championships 10,000m 4th, 5000m 9th. European Indoor Championships 3000m 6th
2006 – European Championshps 5000m 4th. Commonwealth Games 5000m silver. European Cup 3000m gold. European Cross Country Championships 8th
2005 – World Championships 5000m 15th
2004 – Olympic Games 5000m 5th, 1500m 13th ht. World Indoor Championships 3000m 5th. European Cross Country Championships bronze
2003 – World Championships 1500m 10th. World Athletics Final 3000m bronze
2002 – European Championships 5000m 5th. Commonwealth Games 5000m 5th. 3World Cup 5000m bronze
2001 – World Championships 5000m 11th
2000 – Olympic Games 5000m 12th
1997 – World Championships 1500m 11th sf

Jo Pavey (nee Davis) was a precocious youngster, setting a British U15 1500m record of 4:27.9 in 1988. Blighted by injuries she missed most of the following decade but did qualify for her first World Championships in 1997 over 1500m. She missed much of the 1998-99 campaigns but then found the transition to 5000m would bring her more success. In only her third 5000m race, Pavey qualified for the Olympic final, finishing 12th in a lifetime best of 14:58.27. In 2004, there were doubts as to whether she would recover from a calf injury to compete at the Olympic Games in Athens but she delivered a gutsy performance to finish a very creditable fifth.

Despite improving in terms of PBs, bad luck invariably left Pavey out of medal contention at major championships. The Honiton-born athlete was the pre-race favourite at the 2005 European Indoor Championships, but a calf injury forced Pavey to drop out of the race and although clearly in fine form before the World Championships, a mystery virus left her weakened before the final, as she trailed in last.

The Exeter AC member was finally rewarded with a major medal, collecting the silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games 5000m and despite being a medal favourite at that years European Championships, she was outpaced over the final 200m, finishing fourth.

Prior to the 2007 European Indoor Championships, Jo was in the shape of her life, clocking a British indoor 3000m record of 8:31.50 in Stuttgart, but this was followed by a heavy bout of flu and in Birmingham, Pavey faded badly in the final kilometre, finishing sixth. This was followed by more heartbreak at the World Championships and in the 10000m, Pavey was in the bronze medal position until the last 100m, only to be outsprinted by USA’s Kara Goucher.

On the track, a stomach problem left Pavey feeling as though she did not do herself justice at the Olympic Games in Beijing, finishing 12th in the 10000m final, albeit in a lifetime best, but she delivered a more decisive performance at the Great North Run, finishing third in a lifetime best of 68:53.

Jo had intended making her debut in the 2009 London Marathon but decided to start a family before going on to record a fine 2:28.24 in 2011. After intending to peak for the marathon at the 2012 Olympic Games she found herself out of the selection criteria and instead ran the 5000m and 10,000m finishing seventh in both races which were arguably the greatest performances of her career.

Her interests outside of athletics include tennis and boogie boarding and enjoys listening to music with U2, Keane and Red Hot Chilli Peppers her favourites.

Best known performances
EventPB20142013201220112010200920082007200620052004200320022001Event2000199819971996199019891988
15004:01.794:05.914:16.3i4:12.504:01.794:11.1615004:07.284:27.9
Mile4:30.77Mile4:30.774:41.204:46.74:53.0
20005:41.4i5:41.4i5:42.55:53.1420005:44.0
30008:31.279:11.09:008:31.50i8:38.808:33.798:34.55i8:37.898:31.278:36.5830008:36.708:58.29:05.879:45.5
2Miles9:32.00i9:32.00i2Miles
500014:39.9615:04.8715:02.8415:02.3114:58.6215:04.7714:39.9614:40.7114:49.1115:09.0414:48.6615:00.56500014:58.27
1000030:53.2032:11.0430:53.2031:51.9131:12.3031:26.9410000
1M4:374:371M
5K15:2615:4815:5315:3215:2915:2616:1115:585K
EventPB20142013201220112010200920082007200620052004200320022001Event2000199819971996199019891988
parkrun22:3422:34parkrun
5M25:3825:385M
10K31:4743:2732:2232:4240:4631:5831:4732:2932:3410K
10M52:4653:0052:4610M
HM68:53a69:2069:34a68:53a70:42aHM
Mar2:28:242:28:24Mar

Performances Submit
1988 1989 1990 1996 1997 1998 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

2014 V40 Exeter
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
500015:04.8710Rome, ITAIAAF Diamond League5 Jun 14
500015:08.963Hampden ParkCommonwealth Games2 Aug 14
500015:11.521WatfordBMC Grand Prix17 May 14
500015:38.417Zürich, SUIEuropean Championships16 Aug 14
500015:40.902BirminghamBritish Athletics UK Championships (Inc European Trials)29 Jun 14
500015:58.673Marrakech, MARIAAF Continental Cup14 Sep 14
1000032:11.0414Parliament HillHighgate Harriers Night of the 10000m PBs (inc England Athletics Championships)10 May 14
1000032:22.391Zürich, SUIEuropean Championships12 Aug 14
2013 V35 Exeter
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
parkrun22:341311KillertonKillerton parkrun 5K Event 895 Jan 13
10K43:27c65GlasgowBUPA Great Womens 10K12 May 13
2012 V35 Exeter
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
30009:11.0e+1mSportcityBMC Grand Prix19 May 12
500015:02.847h2Olympic ParkOlympic Games 5000 Heats7 Aug 12
500015:09.5310Rome, ITASamsung Diamond League31 May 12
500015:12.727Olympic ParkOlympic Games 500010 Aug 12
500015:14.191ASportcityBMC Grand Prix19 May 12
500015:54.181BirminghamAviva Olympic Trials & UK Championships24 Jun 12
1000030:53.207Olympic ParkOlympic Games 100003 Aug 12
1000031:32.222Bilbao, ESPEuropean Cup 10,000m3 Jun 12
1000031:49.032Helsinki, FINEuropean Athletics Championships1 Jul 12
10M53:001EWPortsmouthBupa Great South Run 1028 Oct 12
HM69:20a5EWNewcastle-South ShieldsBupa Great North Run16 Sep 12
2011 V35 Exeter
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
5K15:48411PortsmouthPortsmouth Promenade 5K Series31 Aug 11
10K32:2232:22671LondonBupa London 10,000 (10K)30 May 11
10K32:467New York NY, USANYRR New York Mini 10K11 Jun 11
10K33:122SheffieldBupa Great Yorkshire Run 10K9 Oct 11
HM69:34a486New York NY, USANew York City Half Marathon20 Mar 11
HM70:49a4ENewcastle-South ShieldsBupa Great North Run Half Marathon18 Sep 11
Mar2:28:242:28:2419ELondonVirgin London Marathon17 Apr 11
Mar2:28:42c9New York NY, USAING New York Marathon6 Nov 11
2010 V35 Exeter
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
500015:02.3113Paris, FRAIAAF Diamond League16 Jul 10
500015:17.872Bergen, NOREuropean Team Championships19 Jun 10
1000031:51.911BirminghamAviva European Trials and UK Championships26 Jun 10
5K15:537LondonAdidas Women's 5K Challenge5 Sep 10
10K32:425ManchesterBupa Great Manchester Run 10K16 May 10
10K32:452EDublin, IRLGreat Ireland 10K18 Apr 10
2009 V35 Exeter
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
10K40:462443WindsorWindsor Asthma 10K11 Apr 09
2008 SEN Exeter
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
30009:00e+mStockholm, SWEDN Galan22 Jul 08
30009:06.78+mBirminghamAviva National Championships inc Olympic Trials13 Jul 08
500014:58.623Stockholm, SWEDN Galan22 Jul 08
500015:02.898Oslo, NORBislett Games Golden League6 Jun 08
500015:12.551BirminghamAviva National Championships inc Olympic Trials13 Jul 08
1000031:12.3012Beijing, CHNOlympic Games15 Aug 08
1000031:56.901WatfordBMC Nike Elite Meeting14 Jun 08
5K15:323London Hyde ParkAdidas Women's 5K Challenge7 Sep 08
10K31:581WManchesterBupa Great Manchester Run 10K18 May 08
10K32:152Dublin, IRLGreat Ireland Run & Great Junior Run6 Apr 08
10K38:50162WindsorAsthma UK 10K & Junior 2K22 Mar 08
HM68:53a31Newcastle-South ShieldsBupa Great North Run Half Marathon5 Oct 08
HM70:397Lisbon, PORLisbon Half Marathon16 Mar 08
2007 SEN Exeter
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
30008:31.50i3Stuttgart, GERIAAF Indoor Permit3 Feb 07
30008:44.132Crystal PalaceNorwich Union Super Grand Prix3 Aug 07
30008:47.392Don ValleyNorwich Union British Grand Prix15 Jul 07
30008:54.94i6BirminghamEuropean Indoor Championships4 Mar 07
2Miles9:32.00i1BirminghamNorwich Union Indoor Grand Prix17 Feb 07
500015:04.779Osaka, JPNIAAF World Championships1 Sep 07
500015:11.834h2Osaka, JPNIAAF World Championships29 Aug 07
500015:12.345Glasgow (S)Norwich Union Classic3 Jun 07
500015:17.771SportcityNorwich Union World Trials & AAA Championships29 Jul 07
500015:43.861Vaasa, FINEuropean Cup First League24 Jun 07
500015:51.9+2mWatfordBMC Nike Grand Prix30 Jun 07
1000031:26.941WatfordBMC Nike Grand Prix30 Jun 07
1000032:03.814Osaka, JPNIAAF World Championships25 Aug 07
1000032:21.194Ferrara, ITAEuropean Cup 10K7 Apr 07
5K15:293London Hyde ParkLondon Hydro Active Women's Challenge16 Sep 07
10K31:471WManchesterGreat Manchester Run20 May 07
10K32:57152EdinburghGreat Edinburgh Run6 May 07
2006 SEN Exeter
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
15004:05.911ASolihullBMC/Nike Grand Prix24 Jun 06
30008:38.804Crystal PalaceNorwich Union London Grand Prix28 Jul 06
30008:41.567Stuttgart, GERWorld Athletics Final10 Sep 06
30008:42.352BirminghamNorwich Union International20 Aug 06
30008:45.56i3Ghent, BELFlanders26 Feb 06
30008:49.545GatesheadBritish Grand Prix11 Jun 06
30008:52.541Malaga, SPAEuropean Cup28 Jun 06
500014:39.963Brussels, BELIvo Van Damme Memorial IAAF Golden League25 Aug 06
500014:59.082Melbourne, AUSCommonwealth Games24 Mar 06
500015:01.414Gothenburg, SWEEuropean Championships12 Aug 06
500015:07.381SportcityNorwich Union European Trials inc AAA Champs16 Jul 06
5K15:262London Hyde ParkHydro Active Women's Challenge 5km3 Sep 06
10K32:2951London Hyde ParkNike Run London8 Oct 06
10M52:46271PortsmouthGreat South Run22 Oct 06
HM70:42a4Newcastle-South ShieldsGreat North Run1 Oct 06
2005 SEN Exeter
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
15004:16.3i+mBirminghamNUGP-300018 Feb 05
20005:41.4i+mBirminghamNUGP-300018 Feb 05
30008:33.793Oslo, NOR29 Jul 05
30008:34.663Paris, FRATDK GOLDEN LEAGUE1 Jul 05
30008:41.43i2BirminghamNorwich Union Indoor Grand Prix18 Feb 05
30008:42.46i2Stuttgart, GERStuttgart, GER29 Jan 05
30008:45.791Glasgow (S)GB vs USA cs Rus5 Jun 05
30008:50.28i1SheffieldAAA Indoor Champs12 Feb 05
30009:02.30i5h2Madrid, ESPMadrid, SPA5 Mar 05
500014:40.717Rome, ITARome8 Jul 05
500014:53.823h1Helsinki, FIN10 Aug 05
500015:14.3715Helsinki, FIN13 Aug 05
5K16:113Bolzano, ITABolzano, ITA31 Dec 05
2004 SEN Exeter
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
15004:12.5013h3Athens, GREOlympic Games24 Aug 04
15004:18.2i+mSheffieldAAA Indoor Championships8 Feb 04
30008:34.55i3BirminghamNorwich Union GP Birmingham20 Feb 04
30008:40.224Monte Carlo, MONWorld Athletics Final19 Sep 04
30008:43.23i1SheffieldAAA Indoor Championships8 Feb 04
30008:46.584Zurich, SUI6 Aug 04
30008:52.21ExeterDivision 222 May 04
30008:58.05i2h2Budapest, HUNWorld Indoor Champs Mar 5-75 Mar 04
30009:13.09i5Budapest, HUNWorld Indoor Champs Mar 5-77 Mar 04
500014:49.113Brussels, BEL3 Sep 04
500014:55.042Hengelo, HOLHOLLAND THALES FBK GAMES31 May 04
500014:55.453h2Athens, GREOlympic Games20 Aug 04
500014:57.875Athens, GREOlympic Games23 Aug 04
500015:10.926Berlin, GERBerlin GP12 Sep 04
1M4:373NewcastleGreat North Mile25 Sep 04
5KSPLIT16:06+mSouthwarkNike RunLondon 10K28 Nov 04
10K32:34181SouthwarkNike RunLondon 10K28 Nov 04
ZXC18:083Heringsdorf, GEREuropean Cross Country Championships12 Dec 04
ZXC25:388San Giorgio su Legnano, ITAEuropean Cross Country Championships10 Dec 04
2003 SEN Exeter
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
15004:01.794Monaco, MONWORLD ATHLETCS FINAL Monaco13 Sep 03
15004:02.035Rome, ITAIAAF GOLDEN LEAGUE, Rome11 Jul 03
15004:03.0310Paris, FRAIAAF WORLD Champs PARIS, FRA d 26, e 27, f 28, g 29, h 30, I 3131 Aug 03
15004:03.783s1Paris, FRAIAAF WORLD Champs PARIS, FRA d 26, e 27, f 28, g 29, h 30, I 3129 Aug 03
15004:03.912Madrid, ESPMeet de MADRID19 Jul 03
15004:04.461Rieti, ITARieti, ITA7 Sep 03
15004:08.602h1Paris, FRAIAAF WORLD Champs PARIS, FRA d 26, e 27, f 28, g 29, h 30, I 3127 Aug 03
30008:37.893Monaco, MONWORLD ATHLETCS FINAL Monaco14 Sep 03
30008:37.972GatesheadNorwich Union Super League Gateadshead12 Jul 03
30008:41.891Lille, FRALille15 Jun 03
500015:09.049Crystal PalaceNorwich Union London Grand Prix8 Aug 03
500015:16.9712Oslo, NORIAAF GOLDEN LEAGUE Bislett Games, Oslo27 Jun 03
500015:35.312Florence, ITASPAR EUROPEAN CUP Florence, Italy June 21-2222 Jun 03
4KXC13:4441Lausanne, SUIWorld Cross Country Championships30 Mar 03
5K15:582Bolzano, ITA-31 Dec 03
5M25:383BalmoralInv10 May 03
2002 SEN Exeter
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
15004:11.164BirminghamAAA Championships14 Jul 02
20005:42.5+mBrussels, BELVD/GL-300030 Aug 02
30008:31.274Brussels, BEL30 Aug 02
30008:54.791LoughboroughAqua Pura International Loughborough18 May 02
30008:57.715Paris (Charlety), FRAIAAF Golden League Paris, FRA14 Sep 02
500014:48.664Berlin, GERIAAF Golden League Berlin, GER6 Sep 02
500015:06.348Oslo, NORIAAF Golden League Oslo28 Jun 02
500015:09.9911Rome, ITAGOLDEN GALA, (IAAF GOLDEN LEAGUE) Rome12 Jul 02
500015:18.705Munich, GEREuropean Champs10 Aug 02
500015:19.915Manchester (CG)Commonwealth Games28 Jul 02
500015:20.103Madrid, ESPWorld Cup21 Sep 02
500015:25.115Hengelo, NEDFBK Games2 Jun 02
500016:06.652Annecy, FRAEuropean Cup23 Jun 02
2001 SEN Exeter
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
20005:53.14+1kRieti2 Sep 01
30008:36.589Brussels24 Aug 01
30008:44.052RietiGuidobaldi2 Sep 01
30008:51.142GatesheadNorwich Union Classic19 Aug 01
30008:58.977Lausanne, SUIAthletissima4 Jul 01
500015:00.566Berlin31 Aug 01
500015:10.622hEdmonton, CANWorld Championships9 Aug 01
500015:15.981BirminghamAAA Championships15 Jul 01
500015:16.477Crystal PalaceNorwich Union British Grand Prix22 Jul 01
500015:28.4111Edmonton, CANWorld Championships11 Aug 01
2000 SEN Exeter
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
20005:44.05m+GatesheadNorwich Union Classic28 Aug 00
30008:36.704GatesheadNorwich Union Classic28 Aug 00
30008:53.75SolihullBMC Grand Prix19 Jul 00
30008:57.006CCardiffBMC Grand Prix5 Jul 00
500014:58.2712Sydney, AUSOlympic Games25 Sep 00
500015:08.822hSydney, AUSOlympic Games22 Aug 00
500015:18.5110LondonNorwich Union5 Aug 00
500015:21.152BirminghamAAA Championships13 Aug 00
1998 SEN Exeter
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
30008:58.21StreetBMC Regional Races4 May 98
30009:12.1010Hengelo, NEDAPM1 Jun 98
1997 SEN Exeter
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
15004:07.283Don ValleySecuricor29 Jun 97
15004:07.542Crystal PalaceSpar17 Aug 97
15004:07.742LondonSpar17 Aug 97
15004:08.235hAthens, GREWorld Championships2 Aug 97
15004:11.2211sfAthens, GREWorld Championships3 Aug 97
15004:12.61BarryBMC27 Aug 97
15004:15.21ALoughboroughBMC Grand Prix3 Jun 97
15004:18.71AWythenshaweBMC Grand Prix14 May 97
1500L4:24.51L2WatfordBMC Relays30 Apr 97
Mile4:30.771BristolBMC Grand Prix30 Aug 97
30009:05.874GatesheadBupa7 Sep 97
3000 9:16.31StreetBMC PB Classic5 May 97
1996 SEN Exeter
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
Mile4:41.206HendonBMC Guardian Mile31 Aug 96
30009:45.51StreetBMC6 May 96
1990 U17 Exeter
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
Mile4:46.71BristolBMC12 Sep 90
1989 U17 Exeter
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
Mile4:53.03BristolOpen Meeting13 Sep 89
1988 U15 Exeter
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
15004:27.91YeovilES-159 Jul 88
Total Performances: 179
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