Ugen ends season with a win
PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 September 2017
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Thames Valley Harriers' Lorraine Ugen signed off her 2017 campaign on a winning note at the Great North CityGames on Newcastle Quayside, writes Ziad Chaudry.
The 26-year-old registered the same 6.46 metres distance as Estonia’s Ksenija Balta and fellow Brit Jazmin Sawyers in the women’s long jump but was awarded the victory on countback.
“I wasn’t expecting everyone to jump the same distance!” admits Ugen, the current British champion.
“I think it makes it a bit more exciting when it’s like ‘ooh, what’s going to happen?’.
“It was just like a fun little last little competition so I think it was fine, it looked all right, I just had fun out there.”
A week before appearing on Tyneside, Ugen was denied victory in the very last jump of the AG Memorial Van Damme IAAF Diamond League finale in Brussels, Belgium by Serbia’s classy European champion Ivana Španovic with 6.70m.
“Brussels was a lot better than Berlin,” added Ugen.
“I managed to get a lot more valid jumps there and kind of contend, so it was good.
“With the long jump it’s never over until the last jump is over, so you can’t really claim victory until you know everyone has jumped.”
Ugen rounded off her season in a nutshell as she looked forward to pursuing her quest for medals at next year’s World Indoor Championships in Birmingham and the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.
“The season has been all right, it’s been decent,” she added. “I wouldn’t say it was one of the best seasons, but it hasn’t been one of the worst.”