31st August 2020
MÜLLER BRITISH ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS EVENT PREVIEW - WOMEN'S LONG JUMP
Everything is on the table in the women’s long jump at the 2020 Müller British Athletics Championships in the highly anticipated competition.
Abigail Irozuru (Sale Harriers Manchester; self-coached) and Jazmin Sawyers (City of Stoke; Lance Brauman) – who both represented Great Britain & Northern Ireland on the global stage at the 2019 World Athletics Championships – are on the entry lists for this contest.
The pair have both won the event before; Sawyers won once back in 2016, and Irozuru takes to the runway in her home city as reigning champion both outdoors and indoors.
The 2019 outdoor edition proved a successful event for Irozuru as she jumped 6.86m – a personal best – and in the process, booked a spot on the plane to the World Athletics Championships for a first major outing since the 2012 European Championships.
The world finalist has made a solid return to action, jumping a season best of 6.57 metres on her way to fifth at the Stockholm Diamond League. She also finished second behind Sawyers at the Paavo Nurmi Games with the City of Stoke star edging out her Sale rival with a mark of 6.54m compared to 6.52m.
But don’t take your eyes off the rest of a field making the most of a truncated 2020 season and set to impress in Friday evening’s action under the lights.
Rebecca Chapman (Cardiff), who broke the 35-year-old Welsh record en-route to silver at the event back in 2017- jumped 6.51m in Bournemouth in early August which was just three centimetres outside her personal best. She sits fifth in the 2020 UK rankings for the event.
Sarah Abrams (Blackheath & Bromley; John Shepherd) will be looking to build on bronze at this year’s Muller British Indoor Championships and a PB of 6.42m which came earlier in the indoor season. The 27-year-old is a fifth-year medical student who has been volunteering on a maternity ward, helping pregnant women during their ante-natal period throughout COVID-19.
2017 T44 long jump world champion Stef Reid (Charnwood; Aston Moore) will also be in action. The double Paralympic medallist has competed at the Championships on multiple occasions and her best mark came in 2017 when her jump was measured at 5.45m. Two weeks later she was crowned World Para Athletics Champion for the first time.
One question remains – who will leave Manchester with the spoils?