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Thames Valley Harriers ace Tagoe looks to make up for lost time after injury trouble

PUBLISHED: 13:00 06 September 2018

Annie Tagoe, Great Britain (pic PA)

Annie Tagoe, Great Britain (pic PA)

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Thames Valley Harriers Annie Tagoe is planning to make up for lost time next year.

The 25-year-old from Willesden closed her 2018 campaign by helping GB colleagues Ashleigh Nelson, Jodie Williams and Krystal Awuah to second place behind Germany in the 4x100m relay at ISTAF IAAF World Challenge at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium in Germany.

The highlight of Tagoe’s season since returning from a four-year stop-and-start injury spell has been lowering her 100m best to 11.44 at the British Championships and European Trials in June.

And she was happy to end her season in the German capital on a high and injury free, saying: “This year was just to run and make it to September and I’ve done that. I’ve run PBs, I made a final which I didn’t think I would so I can’t really be disheartened.

“A lot of the stuff I did this year was basic in terms of getting back to running and stuff.”

Tagoe will begin her 2019 campaign indoors and is focused on regaining the British 60m record from Dina Asher-Smith which currently stands at 7.08.

The Willesden sprinter held the previous record of 7.41 at the English under-20 championships in February 2011 and added: “I didn’t really put in a full winter so hopefully this winter coming I’m stronger and ready to do well for next year.

“I’ve been away for four years so honestly there is no excuses now. I’ve been away with my injuries and surgeries and just feel like next year I’m leaving the stadium injury-free so I can only go from there.

“I want to do indoors because I haven’t done that since I was so young. I had the British record until Dina Asher-Smith came about. I believe in my heart I can run 7.1, 7.0.

“I’ve been away for four years and was able to make the final of the British trials and PB. If that doesn’t tell me something then I’m stupid! It means I’m more than capable of coming back and just doing what I can do.”

Clubmate Lorraine Ugen ended her 2018 campaign at the AG Insurance Memorial Van Damme IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels with a sixth-place 6.53m leap in the long jump.

British champion Ugen said “It’s been a weird season. I’ve had a good and a bad season at the same time. It’s been good because I’ve had a lot of world class jumps, 6.70s, 6.80s, seven-metre jumps. I got more consistent by getting big jumps out, but I was medalless at the end of the season.”

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