Lorraine Ugen

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Lorraine Ugen
Lorraine Ugen 2015.jpg
Lorraine Ugen at the Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix in 2015
Personal information
NationalityBritish
Born22 August 1991 (1991-08-22) (age 28)
London, England
ResidenceDFW, Texas
EducationTexas Christian University
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight66 kg (146 lb)
Sport
Country Great Britain
SportLong jump, sprint
Coached byShawn Jackson
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals2016
Highest world ranking1 (2018)

Lorraine Ugen (born 22 August 1991) is an English long jumper and occasional 100 m sprinter with respective personal bests of 7.05 m and 11.32 s.[2] Ugen competed for Great Britain in Rio at the 2016 Olympics in the long jump where she secured her spot as an Olympic finalist finishing eleventh (11th) overall.[3]

Ugen captained the Great Britain team at the inaugural Athletics World Cup in 2018, winning gold in the women's long jump. For England, she anchored the women's 4 x 100 metres relay team to gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. As a collegiate athlete in the United States, She won an NCAA indoor and an NCAA outdoor title in the long jump for Texas Christian University.

Career[edit]

Ugen was born in London on 22 August 1991. As a child, she attended Townley Grammar School before going on to study at Christ the King Sixth Form College and then Brunel University London. She achieved national success at a young age, winning both the indoor and outdoor long jump titles at the 2009 English junior championships, as well as the English Schools' Athletics Championships.[4] She was initially a member of Bexley Athletic Club, but later began training with Blackheath and Bromley Harriers Athletic Club.[5] During the 2016 season, Lorraine joined the Thames Valley Harriers Athletic Club. In her international debut, she competed in qualifying only at the 2009 European Athletics Junior Championships, then met the same fate at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics.[3] She was runner-up at the British Athletics Championships in 2011, but failed to register a mark at the 2011 European Athletics U23 Championships.[5]

Ugen went on to study at Texas Christian University in 2011 and began competing for the college's TCU Horned Frogs athletic team the following year. She made her first appearance at the NCAA Indoor and NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2012, but did not record a valid mark at either event. She achieved a personal best of 6.74 m (22 ft 1 14 in) at that year's UK Championships, placing second but being just short of the Olympic qualifying standard.[4]

In 2013, she ranked fifth at the NCAA Indoors, then managed a jump of 6.77 m (22 ft 2 12 in) to win the NCAA Outdoor Division I title in the long jump.[4] The mark ranked her in the top twenty in the world for the event that year.[6] Internationally, she was a finalist at the 2013 European Athletics U23 Championships and represented Great Britain at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics, though she failed to record a valid mark.[5]

Ugen began her 2014 season by winning the NCAA Indoor title with an indoor best of 6.73 m (22 ft 34 in), as well as taking the Big Ten Conference crown. She failed to defend her outdoor NCAA title, placing fourth with a mark under six and a half metres.[4] Ugen competed for England for the first time at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where she placed fifth (5th). At the start of 2015 she jumped 6.72 m (22 ft 12 in) to win at the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational, then followed this with a then personal best of 6.93 m (22 ft 8 34 in) at the Portland, Oregon indoor athletics meeting, coming fourth.[5] She has recently increased her personal best while soaring to great lengths at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade during the 2017 season. With a new personal best of 6.97m, Ugen also gained a new British National Record and a silver medal.[7]

Personal bests[edit]

  • Long jump (outdoor): 7.05 m (23 ft 1 12 in) (2018)
  • Long jump (indoor): 6.97 m (22 ft 10 14 in)(2017)
  • 100 metres: 11.32 seconds (2018)

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2009 European Junior Championships Novi Sad, Serbia 20th (q) 5.85 m
2010 World Junior Championships Moncton, Canada 17th (q) 5.56 m (-0.5 m/s)
2011 European U23 Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic NM (q) NM
2013 European U23 Championships Tampere, Finland 4th (q) 6.32 m
World Championships Moscow, Russia NM (q) NM
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland 5th 6.39 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 5th 6.85 m
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, United States 3rd 6.93 m
European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 18th (q) 6.33 m (w)
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 11th 6.58 m
2017 European Indoor Championships Belgrade, Serbia 2nd 6.97 m
World Championships London, United Kingdom 5th 6.72 m
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 4th 6.69 m
1st 42.46 s
World Cup London, United Kingdom 1st 6.86 m
European Championships Berlin, Germany 9th 6.45 m

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 CWG bio". Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  2. ^ Lorraine Ugen from www.thepowerof10.info
  3. ^ a b Lorraine Ugen. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-05-29.
  4. ^ a b c d Lorraine Ugen. GoFrogs. Retrieved on 2015-05-29.
  5. ^ a b c d Lorraine Ugen. Power of 10. Retrieved on 2015-05-29.
  6. ^ Long Jump - women - senior - outdoor - 2013. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-05-29.
  7. ^ http://www.european-athletics.org/competitions/european-athletics-indoor-championships/2017/athletics/event/womens-long-jump/

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