Breen targets top times in return to world stage

Olivia Breen. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131725-10)
Olivia Breen. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131725-10)
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Olivia Breen is targeting medals at the IPC World Championships as the event gets under way today.

City of Portsmouth’s Paralympic star is after another podium spot following her success at last year’s London Games.

Breen is aiming to hit new landmark performances on the world stage in Great Britain’s colours.

That means personal-best times are on the agenda for the sprinter.

Breen, who has mild cerebral palsy, has seen her displays improve in the countdown to the competition in Lyon.

And it could be an extra-special occasion for her as she turns 17 next weekend following a whirlwind rise to success.

She hit a personal best at home and in Germany over 100m ahead of travelling to France.

Now the Leroy Elliott-trained ace is after more of the same against the world’s best.

And she admitted improving on her Paralympic bronze medal in the T35-T38 4x100m relay last year is not beyond her ambitions.

Breen said: ‘It’s going well. I went to the Loughborough international and I got a PB in the 100m there. That was really good.

‘My last PB was 14.1sec but then I got 13.89, so it’s really good.

‘I also got a good personal best in Germany.

‘I’m really looking forward to Lyon and running quick times.

‘I want to be able to run personal bests out there.

‘I’m ranked highly in the 100m and have managed to take 0.4sec off my time.

‘So it would be great to be able to run another PB. And if I can get a medal that is something I would be looking to achieve.

‘So personal bests and a medal if I possibly can – and maybe even a different colour to the Paralympics!’

Breen’s campaign begins on Sunday afternoon in the T35 200m.

Two semi-finals are scheduled for Sunday, with the final taking place on Monday afternoon.

The attention then changes to the 100m which will see the semi-finals of the event taking place Tuesday morning.

The 100m final will then hopefully see Breen go for glory on Wednesday afternoon.

Breen has been in France with her team-mates at a holding camp since July 10 as she focuses on being at her best for the event.

It’s been a period of success after success for Breen, with her performances and determination seeing her receive a string of accolades.

That has included being named The News Sports Awards sportswoman of the year, being invited to speak at the House of Lords and meeting royalty at Buckingham Palace.

But now it’s down to business for the City ace.

Breen said: ‘It’s been one thing after another.

‘But I want to run quick times in France.

‘It’s about staying the same mentally, keeping your form and focusing on the race.’