Breen fourth in World Championship opener

Olivia Breen, left, came fourth in the T38 100m in Doha
Olivia Breen, left, came fourth in the T38 100m in Doha
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OLIVIA BREEN narrowly missed out on a medal as she began her IPC Athletics World Championships assault.

City of Portsmouth’s sprint queen finished just outside of a podium place, as she came home fourth in the women’s T38 100m in Doha.

Breen recovered from a slow start to cross the line in 13.46sec as the competition got underway in searing heat at the Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium.

Her Great Britain team-mate Sophie Hahn stormed to victory in the same race in a world record 12.60.

Breen’s time still represented a strong performance from the 19-year-old with it just 0.04 outside of her personal best over the distance.

It also rates as her best world championship performance to date after two fifth-place finishes in Lyon two years ago.

The race marks a busy period of international competition for the former News Sports Awards sportswoman of the year.

Breen, who has mild cerebral palsy, competes in the long jump final next Tuesday. The 200m final then lies in wait on Thursday before she hopes to be part of the 4x100m relay team aiming for glory on Saturday.

The 4x100m is the event Breen memorably stormed to success in at the London Paralympics three years ago, as she won a bronze medal.

She was the young member of Team GB in the London games just months after being given her disability classification and winning two bronze medals at the IPC European Championships.