Sky Scholar Olivia Breen ends European Championships with a relay world record

By Mark Ashenden

Last Updated: 24/03/2017, 12:01 GMT

Olivia Breen (right) celebrates a golden finale to the European Championships
Olivia Breen (right) celebrates a golden finale to the European Championships

Olivia Breen helped to break the 4x100m relay world record to wrap up the IPC European Championships in Italy on a high.

The 19-year-old competed in the T35-38 4x100m relay final alongside GB team-mates Maria Lyle, Georgie Hermitage and Sophie Hahn to finish in style and secure her only medal of a very testing week in Gresetto.

The Sky Academy Sports Scholar had endured a difficult few days in the championships, finishing sixth in the 200m on Sunday, missing out on long jump bronze and another sixth place in the 100m final.

The Paralympian had also complained of food poisoning prior to her events on Wednesday but refused to be downbeat and ensured she finished well on the final day of the championships with less than two months before the Rio Games.

The GB team clocked a time of 51.63 seconds, smashing the previous record of 54.86 seconds held by Russia. 

Breen tweeted: "European champion and world record in the 4x100 relay! It was an amazing end to the Europeans championships."

It was a record breaking evening for GB who won three golds and five medals in total to improve the previous highest number of medal won at an European Championships, recorded in Swansea two years ago, to 56 medals overall.

Olivia Breen (right) celebrates a golden finale to the European Championships

Head Coach of the Paralympic programme Paula Dunn said: "I'm delighted with our record breaking results at the European Championships, with experienced athletes performing like the champions we know they are, and a lot of young and upcoming athletes stepping up on the European stage.

"To win 56 medals, 23 of which are gold is a phenomenal achievement for the British team.

"This event has been a great stepping stone as we head towards Rio and also as we look towards the World ParaAthletics Championships in London next year and the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020."


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