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Paralympic sports - 13. September 2008.

Fang wins T36 200m, Simpson grabs bronze

Hazel Simpson won bronze in the T36 200m at the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing today to go with the two silver medals she picked up in Athens four years ago.

Simpson was disqualified in the Sydney 200m final for running out of her lane but made no mistake this time as she chased home China’s Wang Fang and Claudia Nicoleitzic of Germany in 32.43.

“I'm really happy to take bronze,” said the 29-year-old Sunderland sprinter. “I had to really grit my teeth and run all the way through the line. I nearly crushed my teeth.

“I don't care about the time, just wanted a medal.”

Simpson was cheered on by her husband and family. She said: "My uncle told me not to come home with a bronze. He wanted me to get silver, but I did my best.

“It was so noisy at the start, trying to concentrate was really hard.”

Simpson now has three days’ rest until she returns for the 100m.
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