Athletics - Pavey to continue her track career in 2013

Jo Pavey established herself as the best non-African distance runner in the world on the London 2012 track, and her coach is plotting more of the same this year.

Athletics - Pavey to continue her track career in 2013

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Jo Pavey (Imago)

Pavey had originally hoped that her fourth Olympic Games in the capital would be contested on the roads in the marathon.

However having opted to skip the London Marathon the 39-year-old was pipped to the selection post by Claire Hallissey and instead turned her intentions to the track.

What started off as a setback ended up as something of a masterstroke with Pavey the first non-African home in seventh in both the 5,000 and 10,000m.

And despite turning 40 in September Pavey's husband and coach Gavin insists she'll target the track again at the World Championships in Moscow this summer with a nod to a potential road berth at Rio in 2016 in the shape of an autumn marathon.

Despite being in top-top shape Pavey was forced to drop out of the Yokohama Women’s Marathon last year and husband Gavin said: "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.

"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.

"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 ten 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."

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