Athletics: Sally Brown’s delight as personal best nets bronze
Springwell's Sally Brown took a bronze medal yesterday in the Paralympic World Championships in New Zealand
The 15-year-old Limavady girl was making her international debut in the 200 metres event where she recorded a PB of 26.38 seconds to snatch bronze behind winner Castillo Yunidis of Cuba who set a new record of 24.86 seconds.
A nervous Sally had earlier qualified for the final with another PB of 26.41 seconds in her heat.
“I can't believe it. Last night I was lucky to get into the final,” she explained.
“When I came off the bend I thought I was going to come last.
“I focused on the fact that I was fourth fastest coming into the final and this gave me confidence. I don't think it's really sunk in yet.”
Meanwhile in New York's New Balance Games Portaferry's Ciara Mageean again raced into the record books with a new Irish Junior mile record of 4 minutes 38.41 seconds.
This beats Anita Philpott's 1988 record of 4.41.76 set in Boston.
World junior silver medallist Mageean finished a creditable seventh in a world class race which was won by US Olympian Jenny Simpson in 4.28.60 .
Ciara now plans to race in next month's Irish Indoor Championships at the Odyssey Arena with a view to qualifying for the European Indoors in Paris in early March.