Belfast Telegraph

Pavey has mixed feelings after her World medal upgrade

By Robert Jones

Jo Pavey was thrilled after it was confirmed she would be upgraded to 10,000m bronze at the 2007 World Championships - but admitted the news left a "bittersweet" feeling.

The 43-year-old is set to receive the first global medal of her career - 10 years late - after being promoted from fourth place at the Osaka championships, with world governing body the IAAF announcing that Turkish silver medallist Elvan Abeylegesse had been disqualified for doping.

The latest list of IAAF doping sanctions revealed Abeylegesse had failed an in-competition test during the championships.

Pavey said: "It is frustrating. I am thrilled with the news but it is kind of bittersweet because when I think back to those championships I was running as hard as I could, I had got myself in the best shape and it was a hot and humid day. I was in a medal position right until the line but couldn't hold on.

"Instead of being a moment where I was thrilled at getting my first medal, I was lying on the track feeling totally despondent and frustrated, I felt that I had let everyone down," Pavey revealed.

Pavey, who competed in her fifth Olympics in Rio last year, had an idea the upgrade was coming, with the news emerging in 2015 that Abeylegesse was among the athletes under investigation for doping after samples from the 2005 and 2007 World Championships were retested.

The 2014 European champion, set to race in next month's London Marathon, added: "I look back and I think about the other medals I might have had but with the cheats out there it does make it so much more difficult and so frustrating."

Abeylegesse's disqualification means American Kara Goucher, who passed Pavey on the home straight in Osaka, is due to be upgraded to silver.

The Turk will also lose her 5,000m and 10,000m silver medals from the 2008 Olympics.



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