Pavey claims European silver

Daily Echo: Jo Pavey finished the 10,000 metres in 31 minutes and 49.03 seconds Jo Pavey finished the 10,000 metres in 31 minutes and 49.03 seconds

Britain won two medals on the final day of competition at the European Championships, but also suffered more sprint relay misery in Helsinki.

Jo Pavey claimed silver in the 10,000 metres at the age of 38, while the men's 4x400m relay team also took silver after being overhauled by Belgium in the home straight.

However, the day after Britain's women failed to secure a place at their home Olympics, the men's 100m quartet failed to finish their final after the experienced duo of Christian Malcolm and Dwain Chambers did not exchange the baton following the first leg.

Malcolm lost momentum around the bend and was unable to get it to Chambers, who was anxious to get a good start with France's individual 100m champion Christophe Lemaitre on his outside.

"I will take responsibility," Malcolm said. "I lost momentum and it's my job to get the baton into Dwain and I didn't get it done. It was an opportunity for us all and we have messed up. No doubt we'll get slaughtered in the press for it but it's not for want of trying."

Earlier on Sunday night, Pavey was unable to stay with eventual champion Dulce Felix of Portugal when she made the decisive break with eight laps to go, and found herself third at the bell behind Ukraine's Olha Skrypak.

But the veteran Devon athlete overtook Skrypak in the home straight to secure silver in 31 minutes 49.03 seconds, with Ireland's Fionnuala Britton in fourth. Pavey's team-mate Charlotte Purdue was sixth in 32mins 28.46secs, with Gemma Steel ninth in 32:46.32. Pavey only returned to track action after her Olympic marathon gamble backfired in April.

She opted to miss the London Marathon and hope that her time from last year's race was enough to claim the last available place alongside Paula Radcliffe and Mara Yamauchi, but watched on TV as both Claire Hallissey and Freya Murray eclipsed her time, with Hallissey subsequently selected.

There were also near misses in the women's 4x400m relay, where Britain were fourth after anchor runner Eilidh Child appeared to be blocked just short of the line by Czech Denisa Rosolova, and the men's long jump, where JJ Jegede was also fourth.

Sophie Hitchon finished a disappointing 11th in the hammer final, while Gianni Frankis and William Sharman failed to reach the 110m hurdles final.

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