Athletics - Pavey, Mokoka victorious at Great South Run

European silver medallist Jo Pavey was an impressive winner of the women’s Great South Run, while South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka came out on top in the men’s race.

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ATHLETICS Jo Pavey (Imago)

In chilly and overcast conditions in Portsmouth, Pavey regained the title she won six years ago – only the second 10-mile race of her career.

Her success follows a distinguished track season in which she won European 10,000m silver and finished seventh in both the 5000m and 10,000m at the London Olympics.

Pavey crossed the line in 53:01, just 15 seconds shy of the time she ran six years ago, with Jess Coulson a comfortable second in 53:43 and Berhane Adere holding on for third place in 53:55.

"I wanted to go off at a decent pace and see how my legs feel and keep plugging away," Pavey said.

"I like a flat course and I’m not great at hills, so I knew this course would suit me.

"I need to get more marathon experience, but I so loved focusing on the track this year.

"I’d like to keep going until the next Olympics. Although I’m getting older, it gives me motivation that I can still set a PB this year."

The men’s race was a more tactical affair, but Mokoka - who finished second to Mo Farah in this race three years ago - strode away to take the win in 46:40.

Two-time European cross-country silver medallist Ayam Lamdassem crossed the line four seconds later, just holding off Olympic bronze medallist Tariku Bekele.

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