Euro Athletics Junior Championships Flash Quote - Women' 100

19th July 2013

Sophie Papps – European Junior 100m silver medallist – 11.72 (-1.0m/s)

I’m so happy. At the beginning of the week I said I’d come here and go round by round, and see where it gets me. I didn’t think I was even going to get through the semis, let alone get a medal in the final.

I just want to thank everyone that’s been involved; my family for taking me out of the pits where I was when I was injured and ill, and everyone here who’s done such a good job of getting me up - I can’t thank the British Athletics staff enough. I’m so happy.

I think I got a good start – I’ve had a series of good starts throughout the competition, so I’m pleased with that. I ran as well as I could at the time – I held my form, and I think technique wise it was really good, so that’s another thing I can take away from this week.

I’m used to this [wind and rain] at home, as we run in conditions like this in our nationals, but it was the same for everyone out there.

Thank god everyone around me had the strength to keep me going, because I don’t think I had it, but right now I’m so happy – I just want to cry!