Thames Valley Harriers pair claim British titles
PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 July 2018
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Lorraine Ugen and Amelia Strickler added another two national titles in the ever-growing Thames Valley Harriers trophy cabinet with success at the British Championships.
Ugen retained her British women’s long jump mantle and secured her ticket to next month’s European Championships in Berlin with a truly world-class display after improving her personal best to 7.05m, way ahead of nearest challengers Jazmin Sawyers (6.86m) and Shara Proctor (6.81m).
The 26-year-old became the first women in the world this season to break the seven-metre mark and now heads the IAAF rankings.
“It feels good to be British champion, get a championship record and see so many people competing in the long jump,” said Ugen.
“I think this is the biggest long jump field I have seen at this event and it was just nice to see everyone jumping well and getting season and personal bests.
“I definitely felt like I was in shape. I have been working on building more speed for the runway and I knew the more speed I can get the better I can jump.
“When I ran a personal best in the 100m the day before, I knew it gave me an opportunity to PB in the long jump as well.”
Strickler is also set to join Ugen on the plane to Berlin after securing her maiden British women’s shot put title.
The 24-year-old threw 17.22m which was more than enough to defeat nearest challengers Sophie McKinna (17.10m) and three-time domestic champion Rachel Wallader (16.71m)
“It feels absolutely amazing after the year I have had,” said American-born Strickler.
“I went to the Commonwealth Games very, very injured and I took the risk and I didn’t throw very well.
“I have been alright now and things are getting better. I’m really excited about this, I didn’t expect to win. I’m absolutely thrilled.”
The pick of the other TVH performances last weekend saw Chris McAlister claim a personal best 50.58 seconds to finish fourth in men’s 400m final.
Zoey Clark also finished in the same position at her 400m final event after clocking 52.13s.
Edmond Amaning clocked 20.51s for fifth spot in men’s 200m final, while Angela Barrett recorded 13.13m in women’s triple jump final.
Jessica Tappin was seventh in women’s 400m hurdles final in 59.93s and Mohamed Aadan achieved a season’s 14 minutes and two seconds to finish ninth in men’s 5000m.
Annie Tagoe improved her personal best to 11.44s despite ending seventh in women’s 100m final.