Jo Pavey confirms World Championships in Moscow as her main target for 2013, writes Kevin Fahey
Following her success in the Olympic Games, when she finished seventh and first non-African-born athlete in both the 10,000m and 5000m, Jo Pavey has decided that the track is still her No.1 priority.
But the Exeter Harriers international’s ambitions for the marathon, in which she had initially hoped to qualify for London, have not been ditched for good with both Jo and her husband and coach, Gavin, still keen to make their mark at the distance.
“Jo is concentrating on getting in a couple of months’ good training at the moment and in 2013 she wants to run the 5000m and 10,000m at the Worlds,” said Gavin.
“She’ll probably run the European Team Champs, the world trials and possibly a few Diamond League races as well.”
Gavin revealed the targets for the new year after returning from Japan, where Jo was forced to drop out of the Yokohama Women’s Marathon with a sore throat. It was her third marathon and Pavey was confident of improving her PB of 2:28:24 that she ran in London last year.
“Jo was in terrific shape going out to Japan and it was a huge disappointment that she fell ill just a day or so before the race, but that’s the way it goes sometimes,” added Gavin.
“But after this year if Jo wants to go on until the next Olympics in 2016 then she can’t afford to run too many marathons.
“If she ran two a year that would be a total of 10 before Rio, which could be too much. So in 2013 we will do the same as this year and look to have a good track season and then maybe try another marathon in the autumn as that seems to work for Jo really well.
“We know she was in so much better shape before Yokohama than before her previous two marathons (London and New York in 2011) so we will stick with that approach and hopefully things will work out better.”