It may not be her strongest event, but Rastrick wheelchair racer Georgina Oliver believes her outing in the 400m at the IPC Athletics European Championships was the perfect warm-up for the sprint.
In a world-class field in Swansea, Oliver finished seventh in the T54 400m in a time of 1min 8.78sec but will be gunning for the podium over the shorter 100m distance next.
And the 21-year-old certainly has reason to believe she’ll be in the medals in Wales having scooped bronze in the 100m at the World Championships in Lyon last year.
Oliver is not short of support in Swansea either with Sainsbury’s a proud sponsor of the British Paralympic Association and its athletes all the way to Rio 2016.
And she believes a home crowd can lend her a boost in the 100m after the public came out in force to watch her and her Great Britain teammates on the opening day of the Europeans.
“The 400m is not really my event so it was quite hard and I was in there in lane two, so it was far back to catch up with them all,” she said. “It’s the first time I’ve done a longer event like that with lots of people.
“I tried and that’s all I could do. I’m looking forward to the 100m so I need a rest and get prepared for that. Hopefully I can do well. It’s really good here and it’s a great feeling, and the atmosphere is brilliant.”
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