Olivia Breen leaps to bronze in Dubai

British long jumper claims a podium place at the World Para Athletics Championships

Britain’s Olivia Breen was among the medallists on the third evening of action at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai.

Leaping 4.93m (-2.2m/sec), the defending T38 long jump champion finished third behind Hungary’s Luca Ekler, who broke the championship record with 5.31m (-1.3), and Russia’s 2015 world champion Margarita Goncharova with 5.10m (-2.6).

“I’m really happy,” said Breen. “After such a long season, it was great to have such a good competition. I just gave it my all.

“The wind was very frustrating, but I did the best I could in those conditions.

“I came into this competition ranked third, so it means a lot to win the bronze medal. All the hard work has paid off.

“I now need to get ready for the 100m,” she added. “I’m so excited for that. I’m hoping for a medal but whatever happens, happens.”

There were a total of seven world records and 25 finals on the third day of action in Dubai.

Among the evening’s world record-breakers were Russia’s Andrey Vdovin in the men’s T37 400m (50.45), China’s Shi Yiting in the women’s T36 200m (28.21), Ukraine’s Ihor Tsvietov in the men’s T35 200m (23.04), Algeria’s Nassima Saifi in the women’s F57 discus (35.76m), Morocco’s Abdeslam Hili in the T12 400m (47.79) and Australia’s Corey Anderson in the F38 javelin, as he threw 56.28m despite breaking his ankle in the warm up.

A report on the third morning of action can be found here.

Recent New York City Marathon champion Daniel Romanchuk won the T54 800m title in a championship record of 1:32.81 ahead of multiple Paralympic and world champion Marcel Hug of Switzerland with 1:32.89.

GB’s Richard Chiassaro finished fifth in a time of 1:33.84.

“I’ve had an up and down year with health issues, so I’m really happy with fifth in the 800m,” said the Briton. “I lost a bit of speed around the final bend and I couldn’t recover from that unfortunately.

“I have two 1500ms on Monday and a 400m – the 400m is my strongest. I’m more than happy with that today and it has set me up well for my next two races.”

Walid Ktila of Tunisia claimed his 13th world title, winning the T34 400m in 50.54 as GB’s Isaac Towers and Ben Rowlings were seventh and eighth respectively.

After previous medals in the javelin and long jump, Dutch athlete Ronald Hertog stormed to take the T64 200m title in 22.20, finishing narrowly ahead of Michail Seitis of Greece with 22.23 and USA’s David Prince with 22.59.

Multiple Paralympic and world champion Omara Durand of Cuba claimed another global gold as the world record-holder won the T12 400m in 52.85.

Full results can be found here, while further Dubai 2019 news and coverage can be found here.

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