Berlin 2018: What did the athletes say?

Look back at the top five quotes from the European Championships 28 Aug 2018 By IPC

1. Matija Sloup (gold, men’s shot put F40) – Croatia

“It’s a dream come true. We trained really hard, for four years, and finally we have won my first big gold medal. So much pain, so many injuries, blood and sweat and I am here - finally. What will I do tonight? I don’t know, I’m speechless.”

2. Sabrina Fortune (women’s shot put F20) – Great Britain

“Last night I had a dream I would win gold. I’m so glad it came true.”

3. Gerard Descarrega Puigdevall (gold, men’s 400m T11) - Spain

“I think that we can improve our record. We pushed hard the first part of the race but not 100 per cent. I think that we can run faster in the future. I meet this guy [guide Guillemo Rojo Gil] ten days ago because my other guide broke his leg and it’s difficult to do the coordination. He’s faster than me but he needs to run to my rhythm. He’s an amazing man.”

4. Karolina Kucharczyk (gold, women’s long jump T20) – Poland

“Last year my son was born, so I told myself I must come back stronger – I must prove to myself that I am stronger than before. I’ve been training so hard to jump a world record here and I dedicate my world record here to my son.

“It was very important for me because I felt my rivals’ breath on my neck. I know they are coming, so I knew I had to make my record further just to be at least half a metre in front of them.”

5. Daniel Wagner (gold, long jump T63) – Denmark

“I tasted blood, I wanted to go for the world record, but I wanted it too much. My goal has always been jumping over seven metres, so that’s something I’m going to chase after.”