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Last Updated: Monday, 4 September 2006, 21:37 GMT 22:37 UK
Simpson adds bronze to GB tally
Hazel Simpson
Simpson is attempting to win medals in the 200m and 100m
Hazel Simpson claimed Great Britain's first medal on the track on day two of the IPC World Athletics Championships in Assen, Holland.

The 27-year-old from Sunderland closed down China's Wang Fang to snatch bronze in the T36 200m in 33.16 seconds.

"I'm pleased because the start wasn't very good," said Simpson. "If I get a decent start in the 100m then I think I'll have a good chance."

Great Britain's medal tally now stands at two golds, a silver and two bronzes.

There were also a host of encouraging performances from Britain's aspiring athletes.

Elizabeth Clegg, 16, went through to the T12 200m final as the second fastest qualifier.

Welshman Andrew Williams threw a personal best 6.97m to finish fourth in the F32 shot while 18-year-old Nathan Stephens came fifth in the F57 javelin.

London Marathon winner David Weir and Tushar Patel looked in control as they qualified for the next round of the T54 1500m.

Bev Jones, who has already won the F37 shot title, continued her good form to book a place in the 100m final.

South African sprint star Oscar Pistorious provided the highlight of the early session in the T44 400m.

Pistorious won gold and became the first Paralympic athlete to break 50 seconds in a world record of 49.43secs.

Katherine Deal, at 14 the youngest member of the British squad, came fourth in the T13 400m final.

And Dame Tanni Grey Thompson and Anne Wafula Strike qualified for the T53 100m final.

"I wanted to get a medal here, but I knew I was the youngest and the most inexperienced," said Deal. "They were old enough to be my mum."

  • There will be a re-run of the men's T36 100m final later in the championships after an appeal by the British team was upheld.

    Ben Rushgrove was disqualified for a false start but won his appeal. On review, the jury chose to disqualify Greek runner Panagiotis Manetas instead.

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