Bronze-winning Breen sets sights on 200m glory

Great Britain's Olivia Breen, Bethany Woodward, Katrina Hart and Jenny McLoughlin celebrate winning Bronze in the Women's 4x100m - T35-T38 Final at the Olympic Stadium, London.
Great Britain's Olivia Breen, Bethany Woodward, Katrina Hart and Jenny McLoughlin celebrate winning Bronze in the Women's 4x100m - T35-T38 Final at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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Olivia Breen will be bidding for more individual Paralympic success today after her medal-winning efforts in the relay.

The 16-year-old City of Portsmouth talent, snatched a bronze medal in the T35-38 4x100m relay on Tuesday night in nailbiting circumstances.

The Great Britain team narrowly avoided disqualification in the Olympic Stadium.

The quartet of Breen, Jenny McLoughlin, Bethany Woodward and Katrina Hart ultimately finished third behind Russia and China.

But the final baton change between Hart and McLoughlin so nearly saw the team disqualified with the handover taking place perilously close to the line before judges ruled it was legal.

Breen’s mum Helen said: ‘It was very stressful waiting for the result.

‘Livvy ran a great race but the final handover was a bit of a mess.

‘Jenny’s foot was in mid air and they ruled it was just about legal.

‘Livvy was very happy. It’s her first major international competition and she never really expected to get a medal.

‘But she’s got the 200m now and she’s hoping to make the final and do something like she did in the 100m.’

Breen, who has cerebral palsy, was a creditable fifth in the T38 100m and will be bidding for another final berth this evening if she can come through the morning heats.

But her mum believes the 200m is her preferred event.

She said: ‘I would say the 200m is probably her better event.

‘She prefers it because she likes to run the bend.

‘The reception from the crowd will make a big difference again.

‘The atmosphere is just amazing in the stadium.

‘The girls got a massive reception during the relay and that helped them all so much.

‘Hopefully, Livvy can be spurred on in the 200m.

‘She’s looking to get to the final and anything more than that would be unbelievable. Just to get to the final would be great for her.’

Breen is coached by City of Portsmouth’s Leroy Elliott and was roared on by her fellow pupils from Bohunt School in Liphook after 200 students made the trip to London.