Jo Pavey to miss 2013 World Championships in Moscow

Last Updated: 07/03/13 10:24am

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Jo Pavey: Will miss 2013 World Championshi[ps in Moscow

Jo Pavey: Will miss 2013 World Championshi[ps in Moscow

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British Olympic 5000m and 10,000m finalist Jo Pavey will miss this year's World Championships in Moscow after announcing she is pregnant.

The 39-year-old is due to give birth to her second child in September and will therefore sit out the event in August.

Pavey, who won silver at the European Championships in Helsinki last year, is targeting the 2014 European Championships for her comeback while the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is a longer-term ambition.

"I fully intend to carry on and my aim is to make the team again in 2016 for the Olympic Games in Rio," said Pavey.

"It will be very special if I can make those Games. I'll be getting older, but I have been very encouraged to continue after running a PB in the 10,000 in London.

"Not many long distance runners make four Olympics so going for a fifth has that extra added dimension, I still want to be competitive and would not be aiming to go just to take part. It would be a great opportunity."

British Athletics head coach Peter Eriksson said: "We are delighted for Jo and (husband) Gavin and will work with her to ensure she can return to competition in 2014 in great shape."

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