Shara Proctor Returns

Monday 18th May 2015

 

The first event of the 14 stage IAAF Diamond League series kicked off in Doha on Friday night with a thrilling evening of action which saw numerous world leading times and marks. The British athletes starred on the world stage with Diamond Race points collected and a national record equalled.

A dramatic long jump competition saw Shara Proctor (Rana Reider) equal her own national record of 6.95m. The record matching leap came in the final round, and it moved the 2012 World Indoor bronze medallist into second position in the standings to capture two Diamond Race points and finish behind reigning long jump Diamond Race champion Tianna Bartoletta, who jumped 6.99m.

Lorraine Ugen (Shawn Jackson) endured a roller coaster of a competition to eventually finish in fourth position with a new personal best of 6.92m, an improvement of 25cm for the Briton. The mark takes her to third on the UK all-time women’s long jump standings.

It looked like it would be even better for Ugen when it was first announced that she had jumped 7.10m to set an outright British record. However, the mark was re-measured to the 6.92m mark. Nevertheless, it was a breakthrough performance for the Blackheath & Bromley athlete, and it was the first time two British women have jumped over 6.90m in the same competition.

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