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.
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.