Jo Pavey to miss IAAF World Championships in Moscow

Distance runner to take time out as she is expecting her second child

Jo Pavey (Mark Shearman)

Jo Pavey has confirmed she won’t be competing at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in August, but for a good reason as the British distance runner has announced she is expecting her second child.

The little brother or sister for her first child Jacob, who is now three years old, is due in September, meaning the 39-year-old has shifted her focus from Moscow to winning a medal at the European Championships in 2014 before continuing with her aim of reaching her fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016.

Pavey, who is married to her coach Gavin, said: “We are so thrilled and happy. It’s going to be so lovely to have a little brother or sister for Jacob.”

She added: “Having Jacob has boosted my motivation and underpins my continued enjoyment of the sport. He really has helped to give me a balanced life.”

Pavey also revealed on Twitter recently that she hasn’t ruled out doing another indoor season between now and Rio. The athlete hasn’t raced indoors since 2007 and admitted when watching the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg at the beginning of March how she missed it.

The distance legend won English Schools 1500m gold as a teenager and has gone on to become one of Britain’s most consistent championship performers, competing in every Olympics since Sydney 2000. At London 2012 she secured seventh place finishes in both the 5000m and 10,000m.

» You can read more on this story and hear more from Jo in the current issue of AW, out March 7, which is available online here

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