Four hundredths of a second was all that was between Rastrick wheelchair racer Georgina Oliver and a medal at the IPC Athletics European Championships – but her confidence is still sky high.
In a tightly-contested T54 100m final, Oliver was squeezed out of the podium places by Zubeyde Supurgeci of Turkey – and was just over a tenth behind Holland’s Margriet van den Broek in second.
The 21-year-old’s time of 18.30sec could ultimately not add another medal to her growing collection after she clinched bronze at the World Championships in Lyon last year.
It follows a seventh-place finish over 400m on Tuesday, yet Oliver knows time is on her side and believes she’ll continue to be in the medal mix as the Rio 2016 Paralympics draw ever closer.
“I am happy with that but I was hoping to be in the medals,” said Oliver. “The wind got the better of me and the other girls are obviously stronger in the wind.
“I take confidence that I’m close to the other girls though and I tried my best. I’m glad I got selected again to represent Great Britain & Northern Ireland.
“Getting chosen to do it again at the Europeans shows I’m progressing in my sport, it’s an achievement in itself just to be here.
“It was really nerve-racking when they said my name at the start of the race and everyone was screaming but it’s been great here.”
But before Oliver can even think about Rio she must return to the World Championship stage – a trip to Doha next year being eyed as another key performance indicator.
“This is my last event of the season and then it’s just back to training for the winter,” she added. “The World Championships is the aim – I’ll be targeting everything there.”
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