Bronze for mother superior Pavey

  • Last Updated: August 2 2014, 21:30 BST

Forty-year-old mother of two Jo Pavey denied Kenya a clean sweep in the 5,000 metres by taking a gutsy bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Jo Pavey celebrates finishing third in the 5000m final
Jo Pavey celebrates finishing third in the 5000m final

Pavey, whose daughter Emily was born last year, produced one final burst down the home straight to pass Margaret Muriuki and was only edged out of silver by 0.06 seconds.

The Devon athlete, who won silver at the Melbourne Commonwealths eight years ago, led through the last three laps, but looked like she had been dropped with 200 metres to go.

But on a track sodden from heavy rain she kicked brilliantly to shock Muriuki and come within a whisker of chasing down Janet Kisa, 19 years her junior, before crossing the line in 15mins 8.96secs.

Mercy Cherono claimed the gold.

Pavey competed at her first senior major championships in 1997 at the World Championships in Athens. Kisa was just four at the time.

Paula Radcliffe paid tribute to the veteran, telling BBC Sport: "That was brilliant. I am so, so pleased for Jo. She already has a Commonwealth silver, (but) I'm sure that one will mean the most to her.

"She worked hard for that. She injected some pace into that race and I'm sure she took a lot of energy from this crowd. They really got behind her. She just loves racing."

"It feels a bit surreal really, to be honest, especially when I crossed the line," Pavey said. "I didn't believe I had a medal - I had to look at the scoreboard.

"I tried to think, 'Just don't regret this'. It's so easy to think, 'Oh, they are Kenyans, they're so good'. I thought no, keep focusing and just try to beat them. I'm so happy."

Pavey's son Jacob was in the stadium to watch his mother and Pavey said: "It's really special to think my little boy is watching me. We debated whether to bring my little girl, but I really worried she'd be terrified as she is only 10 months old.

"It's a really lovely atmosphere and I'm really happy. I didn't know how realistic it would be to run well, but I just wanted to run hard and see what happened.

"It's really special to think that I am 40, and a mum with two children (including) a 10-month-old baby. That's what seems almost funny to me. All the support I've had has allowed me to do it.

"It's been a tough summer because the track in Exeter has been shut all summer for resurfacing. There's been a lot of driving to get to Yeovil and Plymouth. I just didn't think it would result in medal. It's unbelievable, I'm just so happy and grateful to everybody."

Wales' Sally Peake took silver in the pole vault, which was won by Australian Alana Boyd, the competition verging on the farcical because of the heavy rain. Six of the 10 competitors failed to clear a height.

Peake's clearance of 4.25m was enough for silver, with England's Sally Scott taking a share of bronze thanks to a clearance of 3.80m.

There was bronze for England's women in the 4x100m as the quartet of Asha Philip, Bianca Williams, Jodie Williams, Ashleigh Nelson came home in 43.10, behind winners Jamaica and Nigeria.

The 4x400m women - the team was made up of Christine Ohuruogu, Shana Cox, Kelly Massey, Anyika Onuora - also took third place behind the same two countries.

And there was a Kenyan gold in the javelin, Julius Yego winning with a throw of 83.87m.

There was disappointment for Phillips Idowu in the triple jump in his first major championship since the London Olympics as he produced five no-jumps out of six attempts and had to settle for fifth place.