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Breen claims ninth GB gold

17 July 2017 National Sport

Last Updated: 17/07/17 12:20pm

Olivia Breen recorded a personal best in the T38 long jump

Olivia Breen recorded a personal best in the T38 long jump

Olivia Breen claimed Great Britain’s ninth gold medal of the World Para Athletics Championships on Monday’s fourth day of competition at the London Stadium.

After Aled Davies and Jonnie Peacock took Britain’s tally to eight golds on Sunday’s third day, Sky Academy Sports Scholar Breen was triumphant in the T38 long jump.

Breen, who turns 21 later this month, won with a personal best of 4.81 metres.

Erin Cleaver of Australia was second with a best of 4.61m and Anna Trener-Wierciak of Poland third with a best of 4.60.

The gold and silver medallists from Rio were absent, but Breen’s leap would have been good enough for Paralympic gold last September.

She finished 12th in the Paralympic final, but has made vast improvement since.

Breen has been a world champion before, but this was her first as an individual after her relay success in Doha two years ago.

She put together an impressive series, which included two fouls.

She took the first-round lead with a jump of 4.61 and a personal best of 4.72 in the third round was followed by her fourth-round leap of 4.81.

Victory was assured before the final round, where she leapt 4.75m.

Further success is anticipated for the hosts on Monday, with wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft and double amputee Richard Whitehead chasing their second golds, in the T34 800m and T42 100m, respectively.

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