Ugen leads by example for Great Britain with long jump win at Athletics World Cup
PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 July 2018
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Thames Valley Harriers member helped hosts come third overall
Thames Valley Harriers athlete Lorraine Ugen produced a captain’s performance to win the women’s long jump at the inaugural Athletics World Cup.
Ugen was named team captain of the Great Britain squad for the event, which took place at the London Stadium in Stratford last weekend.
The 26-year-old won her individual event with a leap of 6.86m, finishing 38cm clear of the USA’s Quanesha Burks who came second, to help her country come third overall.
The display continued Ugen’s fine form this summer, having jumped a world-leading 7.05m at the British Championships earlier this month, and the Harrier is pleased with her current level of performance.
“Even just getting over 6.70m, 6.80m and being consistent with that is something that I’ve really been working on,” she told Athletics Weekly.
“I’m happy to be able to keep putting lots of those kind of jumps out.”
The Athletics World Cup win will hand Ugen a timely boost as she continues to prepare for the European Championships in Berlin next month.
And the 26-year-old believes she has every chance of competing for a place on the podium in the German capital.
She added: “I’m feeling confident going into the Europeans.
“Hopefully I can keep bundling in the training, keep on going hard and getting in consistent jumps. If I can do that, I definitely think that a medal is on the cards.”
At the Athletics World Cup, Ugen was the captain of the Great Britain team and the Harrier was delighted to have the experience.
“For me, the competition was great fun and a great opportunity to be relaxed and enjoy the night.
“The crowd were fantastic and it was nice to see so many friendly faces in the crowd. “I really enjoyed being captain. The team embraced me as captain and I tried to inspire them to get maximum points.”
Club colleague Zoey Clark was in action at the London Stadium over the weekend, help GB to fifth in the women’s 4x400m relay.