City of Portsmouth sprinter delivers silver show

City of Portsmouth sprinter Olivia Breen
City of Portsmouth sprinter Olivia Breen
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Olivia Breen admitted she had a fitting end to a dream week after helping to make history on the final day of the IPC Athletics European Championships.

The City of Portsmouth sprinter grabbed silver in the T35-38 4x100m relay with Sophie Hahn, Jenny McLoughlin and Beth Woodward in Swansea.

In the process, the quartet set a new national record of 53.84sec and topped off a fantastic championships for Great Britain with a 52nd medal.

Breen had her own individual success on Wednesday – powering to a T38 100m bronze – to match her European success of two years ago.

And the 18-year-old is targeting more individual and relay medals at the World Championships in Doha next year before Rio 2016.

‘I was in the relay team that won bronze in London 2012 and it’s great to get a different colour,’ said the teenager.

‘This really reminded me of the London Paralympics and it’s been a great European Championships in Swansea, which have been great to be part of.

‘And to end it by setting a British record is even better.

‘All my family and friends are from Wales.

‘They are all down here supporting me, so it’s great to have such amazing support.

‘We couldn’t be more grateful to everyone here, the crowd, the volunteers and the organisers – it’s been a great championships.’

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