18th Jul 2017

Breen leaps to Gold medal

Olivia Breen jumped a personal best in the T38 Long Jump to claim Gold on the fourth day of the World Para Athletics Championships in London.  

The 20 year old jumped a PB of 4.81 metres to win her first individual world title.

Breen said: “I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs. It means so much to me. It’s just amazing. I knew it was in me. I wanted to get it right. I’m so happy.

“I did [consider quitting after Rio]. I didn’t want to quit, but I didn’t know if I could keep going. Rio was such a low, but it’s made me so much stronger as a person.

“I dug deep, made a change. I knew I had to change something. I moved to Loughborough and it’s been worth the journey. I’m so proud of myself. It’s so nice having a training partner like Stef Reid. She’s so positive. It’s made such a difference training with her.”

Laura Sugar finished in 5th place in a brilliant race in the T44 100m and Stephen Morris ran a a brave, determined race as he led from the front in the T20 1500m but was unfortunate not to get on the podium with a Seasons best performance but will be hoping to get on the podium later in the week.

Looking ahead to today’s action, Rio Bronze medallist Sabrina Fortune will be fighting it out in the F20 Shot put and hoping to be on the podium in London. The final will be live on Channel 4 at 7pm.

All the action is live on Channel 4 here: http://paralympics.channel4.com/watch-live/

 

 

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