IPC European Championships: Olivia Breen fourth in T38 long jump in Swansea
By Sam Drury. Last Updated: 19/08/14 10:54am
Olivia Breen: Came fourth in front of her home crowd in Swansea
Olivia Breen finished fourth in the T38 long jump as she got her IPC European Championships under way in Swansea.
The Sky Academy Sports Scholar managed a jump of 4.20m, just 2cm short of her personal best, in blustery conditions in Wales to match her placing at the Commonwealth Games in July.
Margarita Goncharova won the gold for Russia with her leap of 4.86m in the first round enough to keep the competition at bay over the remaining the five rounds. It was a deserved win as four of her six jumps were beyond 4.63m, the distance that earned Ukraine's Inna Stryzhak the silver medal.
Ramune Adomaitiene (4.58m) took the bronze, the Lithuanian finishing 38cm ahead of Breen.
The first round was a good indicator of how the competition was going to pan out with the standings after one jump reflecting the final positions.
Breen opened with a jump of 3.98m and although she was unable to improve on that in the second round, her third jump of 4.20m was highly encouraging for the 18-year-old GB athlete.
That proved to be her best jump of the competition as the wind continued to swirl around the stadium, making life increasingly difficult for the athletes.
It was a very respectable finish for Breen in her first year competing in the event and she will now switch her attention to the T38m 100m later in the week.