British long-distance runner Jo Pavey insists she feels mixed emotions after being belatedly awarded a 10,000m bronze medal from the 2007 World Championships following the disqualification of a rival.
Pavey finished fourth in Osaka 10 years ago but has been upgraded to a podium finish after world governing body the IAAF announced that silver medallist Elvan Abeylegesse had retrospectively been found guilty of doping.
“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 was in a medal position right until the line but couldn’t hold on,” said the 43-year-old.
“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.”
The episode has led five-time Olympian Pavey to consider the other medals she may be entitled to. She added: “With all the cheats out there it does make it so much more difficult and so frustrating.”