Sixteen-year-old Sophie Kamlish rounded off Britain’s track campaign at the IPC Athletics World Championships with a bronze medal and personal best in the T44 200m.
The London 2012 Paralympian, who is coached by Rob Ellchuk at the University of Bath, had just missed out on a medal in the 100m final in Lyon, finishing fourth on Thursday night.
But the following day she went one place better to win a medal at her first World Championships with a personal best of 28.71 seconds.
“The 200m is never my favourite event so it’s amazing to be able to medal in it,” she said. “I haven’t had a brilliant season in the 200m – I haven’t even gone below 30 seconds.
“My plan was to start a lot more slowly than I usually do and conserve energy for the straight, which definitely worked this time. I don’t think my 100m performance necessarily gave me confidence but it did definitely spur me on a lot. I thought I could have been in with a chance for a medal so my overriding emotion is relief.”
It means Ellchuk’s Bath-based athletes return to Bath with an impressive haul of three medals from the World Championships, following the T36 800m gold and 400m silver won by Paul Blake.
For further information on Bath-based athletes’ results at the championships, please go to http://www.teambath.com/2013/07/26/blake-adds-silver-to-gold-at-world-championships/
Meanwhile, Ben Rushgrove took silver in the T36 100m final at the Sainbury’s International Para Challenge, held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park yesterday (Sunday), with Katrina Hart fourth in the T37 100m. Paul Blake crossed the finish line third in the T36/T37 800m final.