Sabrina Fortune claimed women’s F20 shot put gold in a new Championship record in the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin yesterday evening.
North Wales based Fortune produced one of the performances of the day as she took gold in the F20 shot put with a Championship record 13.30m, putting together a fantastic series on her way to her first career European title, surpassing the Championship record with her first attempt of 12.89m before extending it to 13.18m two throws later.
World record holder Ewa Durska of Poland threw past the previous Championship record also with 12.93m with her penultimate attempt but was no match to Fortune who saved her best until last, nailing an effort of 13.30m to complete her dominance and add European gold to her Paralympic bronze from 2016.
Four of Fortune’s six attempts were better than the previous Championship record of 12.73m and she said: “It is amazing. I never thought I would get a gold medal here. The crowd was amazing and being a part of that field was an experience and a half. When I got the first one out, I knew it was going to be far, and carrying it on, I wanted to cry at the halfway point.
“I learnt [at the 2017 World Championships in London where she was sixth] that no matter how many times you fall down, you can get back up. There is always a chance to better yourself and you can learn from coming sixth to come first. Last night I had a dream I would win gold. I’m so glad it came true.”
The British team moved onto 13 medals for the WPA European Championships, with five of those won being gold which includes three golds and a bronze from welsh athletes.
There is the prospect of another exciting night in Berlin tonight as Laura Sugar is hoping to add to her bronze medal in the T64 100m. Whilst Jordan Howe runs in the T35 100m, last time out at the WPA European Championships he won the silver medal in London 2017. Rhys Jones is first up in the T37 100m heats at 10.31 (UK Time) where he will be hoping to make the final this evening.
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