West fans set to roar on West super mum Jo in Rio

WEST athletics fans will be roaring on Jo Pavey when she lines up for the final of the 10,000m at the Olympics in Rio this afternoon.

The Bristol & West AC life member is due in action at 3.10pm UK timJoPaveyEuropeanChampione – which is 19:10 in Brazil – as the athletics programme gets underway.

For the popular 42-year old mother-of-two, who now lives in east Devon, this will be her fifth Olympic Games which is a record for a female distance runner.

“I will try my absolute hardest,” said Pavey.

“You dream of making the Olympics as a child, but not once in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would do it for a fifth consecutive time.”

Pavey recently admitted she hadn’t expected to take part in London 2012, let alone any Olympics after that.

She faced a race against time to qualify for Rio after suffering a chest infection shortly before the British trials, only making the qualifying time with a last-ditch attempt at this year’s European Championships.