Proctor sets record to make Olympics

24 June 2012 / 17:11

Shara Proctor broke a 29-year-old British record in the long jump to seal her place in the athletics team for the Olympics in brilliant fashion at the trials in Birmingham.

Proctor jumped 6.95 metres in the third round at the Alexander Stadium, surpassing the previous mark of 6.90m set by Bev Kinch back in 1983.

The 23-year-old had already secured the Olympic 'A' qualifying standard and therefore needed to finish in the top two here to secure her place in London, doing so with victory ahead of the incredibly unlucky Lorraine Ugen.

Ugen smashed her personal best by 20cm with a leap of 6.74m in the second round, but that was agonisingly just one centimetre short of the 'A' standard of 6.75m.

The 20-year-old could barely believe her bad luck as the distance flashed up on the scoreboard, exclaiming 'One centimetre' in disbelief.

She will now have seven days to achieve the qualifying mark and claim her place on the team.

Jessica Ennis, competing in her third event of the weekend after victories in the high jump and 100m hurdles, only managed a best of 6.27m, committing three fouls and twice running straight through the pit.

Only five women have jumped further than Proctor in 2012 and the 23-year-old is certainly aiming high when it comes to the Olympics.

"Of course I'm thinking gold, why am I here?" said Proctor, who hails from the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla, but was cleared to compete for Britain as the Caribbean island is not recognised by the IOC. "I don't settle, I refuse to settle. I would say it will take 7m to win gold, I know I can (produce that). It all comes down to the day, anything can happen."