2013 World Championships Qualifier Lorraine Ugen
July 18, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU already had one 2013 NCAA Champion earn a spot at the IAAF World Championships next month in Moscow, Russia. Now there will be a second as Lorraine Ugen was selected to compete for Great Britain in the women’s long jump.
Ugen joins Charles Silmon at the World Championships. Silmon qualified for the United States in the 100-meter dash and will be part of the 4x100-meter relay team in Moscow.
A native of London, Ugen struggled with injuries throughout the 2013 indoor and outdoor seasons. However, everything changed with one jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Going into the third jump of the long jump in 23rd place and needing to get into the top-nine even to get three more attempts, Ugen unloaded an enormous effort of 22-2 1/2 (6.77m) to soar into the lead and earn the NCAA crown for the Horned Frogs.
What at first got lost in all the excitement of her national title was that her plans for the summer would get a new twist. Her jump was better than the World Championships ‘A’ standard of 6.75m. It was twist of poetic justice for Ugen to get slightly ahead of the standard after missing out to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in her backyard of London by one centimeter.
Since returning back home after the NCAA Championships, Ugen went on to take a victory in the long jump at the England U-23 Championships to qualify her for the European U-23 Championships in Finland last weekend. Ugen competed in the prelims session, qualifying for the final the following day, but decided to pull out to ensure her health for the World Championships.
Ugen had a busy collegiate season in spite of her early injury troubles. Along with winning the outdoor long jump title, Ugen anchored for the women’s 4x100 relay team that finished in ninth place, only 0.05 seconds outside of the top-eight that would have gotten another run. Her 10 points for winning the long jump allowed the women’s team to finish tied for 25th at the NCAA Championships, one of the highest finishes in TCU history.
During the indoor season, Ugen earned a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships. She also took third at the Big 12 Indoor Championships.
The women’s long jump competition at the World Championships will begin on Aug. 10 with the qualifying rounds. The final round will be the next day, Aug. 11.