British long jump champion targets a European medal after her world-leading 7.05m leap in Birmingham
Having surpassed seven metres for the first time with her world-leading and championship record-breaking 7.05m leap in Birmingham, British long jump champion Lorraine Ugen now hopes to make those sorts of distances routine as she targets a European medal.
The world and European indoor medallist was just 2cm short of Shara Proctor’s UK record at the Müller British Athletics Championships, where she topped an excellent competition which saw a further four athletes also soar beyond 6.60m.
“I feel great, I feel fantastic,” she told AW after claiming the national title ahead of Jazmin Sawyers with a PB 6.86m and Proctor with 6.81m.
“It was nice to finally get the seven metre jump out. Hopefully I can do it more consistently and put a couple more out there.
“I feel like sometimes you have to hit it once and then you can consistently do it. I remember when I was trying to hit six metres, it took ages but then once I hit it, I could keep on doing it. So hopefully that will be the same for the seven metre barrier.”
The 26-year-old has been doing more speed work in training and that appears to be paying off, as the Commonwealth 4x100m gold medallist also clocked a PB of 11.32 to finish fifth in the previous day’s 100m final.
With two major indoor long jump medals to her name, the aim now is to add a podium place at the European Championships in Berlin to her CV.
“I’m going to go out there and try and win my first outdoor championship medal, so we’ll see what happens,” she said.
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