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Christine Ohuruogu and Jo Pavey heading to Rio as Team GB squad is named

By Staff Reporter

Christine Ohuruogu has been given the chance to bid for a third straight Olympic 400 metres medal and Jo Pavey the opportunity to make history at a fifth Games after both were included in the Great Britain team for Rio.

Ohuruogu who took 400m gold eight years ago in Beijing and silver at London 2012, won her battle for an individual spot with Anyika Onuora, who has to make do with a relay place.

Pavey, the 42-year-old mother of two, will become the first British track athlete to compete in five Olympics, after getting the nod in the 10,000m ahead of Kate Avery in the 80-strong team announced yesterday. Reigning Olympic champions Mo Farah (5,000m and 10,000m), Jessica Ennis-Hill (heptathlon) and Greg Rutherford (long jump) will once again lead Britain's medal charge in Brazil.

British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: "I'm very excited by this group of athletes and what I think we can achieve in Rio.

"This is the best prepared and arguably strongest team we have ever selected.

"We believe the world class level of performances this group can achieve will see us challenging for a number of places on the podium."

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