GOLDEN-GIRL Olivia Breen is ‘over the moon’ after helping Great Britain to IPC World Championships 4x100m relay glory – in a world record time.
The City of Portsmouth starlet lined up alongside Maria Lyle, Georgie Hermitage and Sophie Hahn in the T35-38 category in Doha on Saturday.
And the quartet sprinted into the record books with a world best time of 52.22sec – smashing the previous record of 53.53 by more than a second – to beat Russia (53.18) into second place.
Breen, who led the Brits out of the blocks in Qatar, said: ‘My first leg was really good – I had a great start so I can’t ask for any more.
‘I was ready to get out there and pass it to Maria (Lyle) and that went really well.
‘I’m over the moon and it will be good leading into Rio.
It’s my first gold medal ever and we’ve got a world record with it so I’m happy.Olivia Breen
‘It’s my first gold medal ever and we’ve got a world record with it so I’m happy.’
Relay glory marks the end of an impressive and demanding championships for multi-eventer Breen, who competed in four events.
Primarily a sprinter, the former News sportswoman of the year narrowly missed out on a medal in her opening event, when coming fourth in the 100m final in 13.46.
That was followed by an encouraging sixth-placed finish in the 19-year-old’s first ever long jump for Great Britain with a distance of 4.27m.
Breen claimed another personal best by finishing fourth in Thursday’s 200m final with in 28.06, before arriving on the podium in style at the weekend.
– JEFF MARSHMAN