10th June 2022
BREEN AMONG THOSE TO STAR ON DAY TWO AT WPA GRAND PRIX IN PARIS
Eight British athletes were in action on the second and final day of competition at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Paris.
Olivia Breen (Aston Moore, City of Portsmouth) jumped the third furthest distance of her career in the women’s T38 long jump. Following a wind-assisted 5.33m and a legal 5.15m mark earlier this season, she jumped 5.08m (-0.5) at the Stade Charlety to finish the competition in second overall.
Hetty Bartlett (Denis Costello, City of Norwich) – competing in the same event – jumped a season best of 4.18m (0.4) for eighth place, while the competition was won by Luca Ekler (HUN) in a world record of 5.82m.
Elsewhere in the horizontal jumps, Martina Barber (Stevenage & North Herts) finished 10th in the women’s T20 long jump. A season best of 4.38m on her opening jump was the furthest of her series.
On the track, two-time world para junior championships bronze medallist, Ethan Kirby (Sonya Ellis, Newton Abbot) was fourth in the men’s T20 400m. He crossed the line in a time of 49.90 in the B race.
T20 long jumpers Steven Stone and Karim Chan were in field action, with Stone jumping a season best of 5.83m (-0.1) and Chan 5.72m (0.4). Meanwhile, in the T36-38 long jump, Barney Corrall (Aston Moore, Charnwood) [T37] jumped a season best of 5.49m.
Rounding off the programme for the British contingent, in a mixed classification women’s discus competition, Emily Stewart (Richard Kaufman, Gateshead) [F38] and Millie Forrest (Robert Halliwell, Wigan & District) [F37] were in action. Stewart finished sixth with 24.85m and Forrest was 10th with a best of 20.76m.