阿比盖尔·伊洛兹鲁 (Abigail Irozuru) 晋级“特别”东京奥运会跳远决赛

阿比盖尔·伊洛兹鲁 (Abigail Irozuru) 晋级“特别”东京奥运会跳远决赛
Irozuru and British team-mate Jazmin Sawyers reached Tuesday’s long jump final.

Great Britain’s Abigail Irozuru declared she is ready to shine at the Olympics after reaching the long jump final in Tokyo.

The 31-year-old automatically qualified for Tuesday’s final after a season’s best of 6.75m.

She is joined in the final by Jazmin Sawyers, who finished in the top 12 after jumping 6.62m, although Lorraine Ugen failed to progress with a jump of 6.05m.

Irozuru was not selected for 伦敦 2012 and after missing 里约 due to a ruptured Achilles she retired but returned in 2019 bidding to reach Tokyo.

她说: “It sucked to miss Rio and London but it is extra special to be here at this very weird Olympic Games.

“But for me it wasn’t weird, the whole experience, being in the stadium, there was atmosphere, there was life, this has literally been the highlight of my whole Olympic experience so far so I’m loving it.

“It looked like I didn’t need to do 75, but I’m so thankful. It was a nice confidence boost to get a season’s best, to finally jump over 6.70 this season, and to hit the automatic qualifying because that’s what I came here to do.

“I would have preferred to do it in round one, but it’s nice that I know I can build through, and that’s going to stand me in good stead hopefully for the final.

Great Britain’s Jazmin Sawyers also progressed at the Olympic Stadium. (马丁·里克特/ PA)

“There is more to come, there’s things that I’ve been working on and I’m starting to execute as I’m building through the rounds, so hopefully with six rounds in the final it will come – I really want a personal best because it’s always nice to do that at the major championships.”

Sawyers finished 11th in qualifying and believes she will improve on Tuesday.

她说: “I’m confident there’s a lot more in the tank. 老实说, it can be ugly as long as I am in the final, that’s what counts.

“We know how finals go, anything can happen. I’ll be back in two days’ time ready to attack, because when I am in a final I’m there to try take those top spots.”

Lizzie Bird reached the steeplechase final in Tokyo. (David Davies/PA)

Lizzie Bird became the first 英式 woman to reach the steeplechase final after finishing fifth.

In the evening session, Zharnel Hughes CJ Ujah and Reece Prescod are all aiming to reaching the 100 metres final while Tom Gale competes in the high jump final.

Elliot Giles and Daniel Rowden also run in the 800m semi-finals.

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