9 November 2019
Consistency the order of the day as Breen wins bronze in Dubai
Olivia Breen surprised even herself with her consistency as she won bronze in the T38 long jump at the World Para Athletics Championships.
The 23-year-old, who won gold in London two years ago, claimed third place with a best jump of 4.93m as she delivered an impressively steady series.
She finished behind Hungary’s Luca Ekler, who won with a championship record 5.31m, and Russia’s Margarita Goncharova to earn Britain’s third medal of the championships.
After a chaotic 2018 blighted by injury, in which Breen developed tendinitis in her right knee, the Brit was delighted to see her hard work translate into results.
“I’m really happy; after such a long season, it was great to have such a good competition. I just gave it my all,” Breen said.
“The wind was very frustrating, but I did the best I could in those conditions. There is nothing we could do so I just went for it.
“I couldn’t believe how consistent my series was. I don’t often have that. But my training has been going so well, so I’m really pleased with how I performed.
“I came into this competition ranked third, so it means a lot to win the bronze medal. All the hard work has paid off.”
Elsewhere, Richard Chiassaro finished fifth in an extremely hard-fought T54 800m final in 1:33.84 secs with Isaac Towers and Ben Rowlings finishing seventh and eighth respectively in the T34 400m final.
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