Illness ends Jo Pavey’s hopes of posting a fast time in Japanese city
Double Olympic finalist Jo Pavey failed to finish yesterday’s Yokohama Marathon due to an untimely illness.
The 39-year-old had been hoping to smash the 2:28:24 PB she set on her 26.2-mile debut in London last year. Based on recent racing form – including a victory at the Great South Run and a 69:20 clocking at the Great North Run – Pavey had looked set for a big breakthrough in the marathon in what was her third race at the distance.
But just days before the race she began to feel under the weather. She started the race, but lost touch with the leaders before the 10km point and eventually dropped out.
“Really disappointed,” tweeted Pavey. “Perfect preparation and then had a sore throat since Thursday night. Running can be so frustrating. I could not finish today.
“I feel mortified,” she added. “In nearly 30 years of racing that’s only the second time I have stopped in a race. The last time was the 2005 European Indoors when my calf tore.”
It left pre-race favourite Lydia Cheromei to record an emphatic victory, breaking from the rest of the field after 15km and going on to win with a course record of 2:23:07.
More than three and a half minutes behind, Japan’s Mizuho Nasukawa finished second in 2:26:42 with Marisa Barros (2:26:51) and Jelena Prokopcuka (2:26:55) also dipping under 2:27.
Pavey’s DNF in Yokohama will not affect her ambitions for next summer’s World Championships. After finishing seventh at the London Olympics in both the 5000m and 10,000m – her ‘back up’ events after missing out on selection in the marathon – Pavey will be focusing on the track events in Moscow next year.