After another day of superb athletics we are celebrating two more gold medals to add to the three won over the weekend:
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 in the T38 long jump.
Olivia, 21 later this month, won with a personal best of 4.81 metres which would have been good enough for Paralympic gold last September. She finished 12th in the Paralympic final, but has made vast improvement since.
One of the most lovely members of TeamGB, Olivia, who has cerebral palsy, said: “I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs. It means so much to me. It’s just amazing. I knew it was in me. I wanted to get it right. I’m so happy.”
Sophie Kamlish exorcised the demons of Rio last night with a triumphant gold in the women’s T44 100m.
Sophie, who burst from the field after 70m and won easily over rival Marlou van Rhijn, had achieved a world record in the heats – mirroring her display at Rio 2016 where she went set a new world mark but went on to finish a disappointing fourth in the final.
We have watched Sophie grow in confidence over the years and we are so proud of her just reward for her perseverance and hard work.
“I was worried about a repeat of Rio. Then I thought my brain isn’t going to let me do that again. You can’t really ignore the parallels. I was thinking ‘I know went wrong in Rio I can just rectify that now, it will be fine’.” said Sophie.