Hazel Robson picks up bronze after missing out on 200m medal

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HAZEL Robson picked up her first medal of the IPC World Athletics Championships in New Zealand today, helping Great Britain scoop bronze in the 4x100m relay.

The 31-year-old narrowly missed out on reaching the podium in the T36 200m, finishing fourth, yesterday but showed no signs of fatigue as she returned for the T35-38 sprint relay.

Robson joined forces with Bethany Woodward, Katrina Hart and Jenny McLoughlin, running the opening leg as Britain dramatically finished third, narrowly ahead of Germany.

Despite Robson’s good start they were one place outside the medals with 100m to go, only for McLoughlin to chase down Claudia Nicoleitzik and help Britain claim bronze in 58.33seconds.

“It was a really good race and I am so pleased to win bronze,” said Robson – a multiple Paralympic and world medalist.

“I tried to forget about the 200m from the night before and I wanted to get the team off to a good start so I ran the first leg like the clappers.

“I managed to get the baton through to Beth without any problems and I got off to a really good start which was pleasing.

“I do enjoy doing the relay because we don’t get the chance to do it that often. Where I train has the facilities to do a bit of work with the batons.

“But I haven’t done any training with the girls out here before so that makes it even better to win bronze.”

Ukraine scooped gold in a new world record time of 55.07seconds, with silver medalists Russia trailing by nearly half a second and Robson and co less than four more behind.

Britain haven’t won a world T35-38 4x100m relay medal since 1998 and Robson admits breaking the near 13-year drought has boosted her confidence for the rest of the championships.

“Because I am right handed it made sense for me to go first and pass to the left hand of Beth who ran the second leg,” she added.

“And winning bronze having come so close in the 200m will definitely give me confidence for the 100m which is coming up.”

Hazel Robson’s first attempt at reaching the podium, in the T36 200m, ended in disappointment as she finished fourth – 0.59 seconds from winning bronze.

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