European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey has been shortlisted for yet another prestigious award. The 41-year-old mum from Devon is among the nominations for the World Comeback of the Year Award for the Laureus Sports Awards. Arguably the world’s premier sports awards, the internationally acclaimed ceremony will take place in Shanghai on 15 April.
Last summer, Pavey became the oldest ever European champion winning 10,000m gold in Zurich at the age of 40, just two weeks after an impressive bronze over 5000m at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Her victory in Switzerland came just 11 months after giving birth to her second child Emily. On being shortlisted, Pavey tweeted: “Very surprised and honoured to be nominated for the @LaureusSport World Comeback of the Year.”
Golfer Rory McIlroy and Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton, who finished just head of Pavey in December’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year, are also nominated in other categories.