Jo Pavey to receive first global medal - 10 years after the race

Ben Rumsby
Jo Pavey has won European and Commonwealth medals, but previously missed out on the world podium - Getty Images Sport

Jo Pavey is on the brink of receiving the first global medal of her a career – 10 years late – after a drugs cheat rival was disqualified from the 2007 World Championships.

The 43-year-old is due to be promoted from what was an agonising fourth place in the 10,000 metres following the announcement by the International Association of Athletics Federation that Turkish silver medallist Elvan Abeylegesse had doped in Osaka.

Abeylegesse, who was caught following a 2015 retest of a sample she provided eight years earlier, will also lose her silver medals in the 5,000m and 10,000m at the 2008 Olympics.

Pavey, dubbed ‘Supermum’ after winning European gold and Commonwealth bronze in 2014, said: “Obviously, I’ll be thrilled to receive that medal that’s rightfully mine but it’s also bittersweet.

“I was in the best shape of my life that day, it was incredibly hot and humid and I gave it my all and it was so close for a medal. I was in a medal position just before the line.

Pavey stands to gain the first global medal of her long career Credit: afp

“I just felt massive frustration I couldn’t quite do it, it was a feeling of failure, lying on the track flat on my back, feeling massively disappointed.

“You feel like you’ve let everyone down when it could have been standing on the podium feeling massively proud, it should have been a day of massive elation.

It’s frustrating how much drugs cheats take from you. But it’s good things are finally being done about it.

“Around that time, 2007, and beforehand, it was so frustrating because you suspect it’s happening but have no definite proof.

“It’s been a decade of waiting but now to have it in black and white from the IAAF that her results will be annulled and I’ll receive my medal finally means a lot.

“I would have preferred to have been on the podium in Osaka but it is good to have a resolution.”

Pavey was hoping to receive her world bronze at London 2017, where she is also aiming to compete in the marathon.

Jessica Ennis-Hill also looks likely to receive Tatyana Chernova's gold medal from the 2011 World Championships Credit: ap

Jessica Ennis-Hill could also be given her 2011 world gold at the same event following Russian Tatyana Chernova’s disqualification for doping.

Pavey said: “It would be lovely to receive my medal at a home World Championships, on home soil. That would be really special, particularly alongside people like Jessica Ennis-Hill.

“I don’t want it to be a sob story just about me. I’m just an example of what happens when clean athletes are cheated out of medals.”

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