Carlee Beattie of Australia in action.
Carlee Beattie of Australia in action. Alastair Grant

Beattie jumps for joy after adding to medal collection

ATHLETICS: Carlee Beattie has yet another medal to add to her impressive collection.

The Warwick athlete claimed bronze in the women's T47 long jump at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Beattie jumped 5.57m, just 5cm short of gold, which went to New Zealand's Anna Grimaldi, who moved from third to first with her final jump.

Beattie admitted she struggled with her rhythm a bit early on.

"I found my rhythm come fourth jump but unfortunately it wasn't enough to get the win today,” she said.

"The wind actually did change as well halfway through, it became a bit of a tailwind instead of a headwind, so I think that messed with it a little bit.”

The bronze medal adds to Beattie's silver at the London Paralympics and gold at last year's world championships.

"I still don't have the coveted gold but that's how it is,” she said.

Beattie said it was probably too early to say if she would be at Tokyo in 2020.

"I'm going to keep going and probably do world champs next year but once again I still haven't got that gold so you might see me in Tokyo,” the 33-year-old said.

Although the top step of the podium would have been better, Beattie said she was really happy with third place.

"I'm so happy for Anna (Grimaldi), she's done great in the last couple of years, so look out for her come Tokyo,” Beattie said.



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