Olivia Breen admits following the same development pathway as Russian rival Margarita Goncharova is inspiring her to greater things, including medals at major championships.
The 18-year-old sprinted to an impressive bronze medal in the T38 100m at the IPC Athletics European Championships, behind Goncharova and fellow Brit Sophie Hahn the day after she finished fourth in the long jump.
The Russian also won gold in the sand, but City of Portsmouth sprinter-turned jumper Breen insists that, for now, her progression through the ranks is the key.
‘Margarita is lovely, she’s doing really well at the moment,’ said Breen.
‘I’m following the same pathway as she did and I’m running faster than she was at my age, so it’s good to compete against her.
‘This was the most important event for me – I’ve only just started doing long jump, but the 100m is my main event, so I’m delighted to get a medal.’
Breen is now targeting relay success.
‘I won’t be doing any celebrating yet with the relay still to come (on Saturday) but I will be afterwards,’ she added.
The City ace aims to continue with the long jump alongside her sprinting.
Breen added: ‘I’ll definitely be doing both events next year and fingers crossed I will get selected for the World Championships in both of them.’
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