London 2017: Ugen into long jump final
PUBLISHED: 08:16 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:16 10 August 2017
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Thames Valley Harriers star impresses in qualifying
Thames Valley Harriers Lorraine Ugen booked her place in the women’s long jump final at the World Championships in London with a fine leap of 6.63 metres.
The World Indoor silver medalist will return to London Stadium on Friday night after qualifying with the third best jump from a field of 30 athletes.
And the 25-year-old has set her sights on making the podium, saying: “I’m really happy to be able to make it through to the final and to be able to battle for the medals.
“I know I need to hone in and make sure I’m getting more valid jumps rather than fouls, so that’s something I’ll work on.
“I’m going out there trying to get a medal. I’m definitely going out there with those kind of aspirations and I’ll just see what happens on the day.”
Heavy rain did not make things easy for jumpers, but Ugen said an enthusiastic crowd helped her achieve her goal of reaching the final.
She added: “The crowd was really supportive so it was fantastic.
“These aren’t the worst conditions I’ve jumped in actually. I remember the World Juniors in 2010 it was really bad, and the rain was much worse than this.
“When I came out I thought I’ve jumped in this before so it was alright.
“I was glad to get a valid mark in the first round that was enough to get me through. My last jump looked a bit decent, but we’ll save that for the final.”