Naomi hops, skips and jumps into European finals

A student from The University of Manchester is bidding for success on one of the biggest stages in world athletics.

Naomi Ogbeta, who studies politics and quantitative methods, will take part in tomorrow’s triple jump final at the European Championships in Berlin.

She leaped with a superb personal best at 14.15m - a British under-23 record in qualification.

Ogbeta is now third on the team GB all-time list behind Ashia Hansen and Yamile Aldama.

The 20-yearold is the UK’s top ranked triple jumper, after leaping to a British title in Birmingham with a personal best of 13.95m.

I did what I needed to do. I am so amazed that I did it. It is another under-23 record and third all-time. I’ve delivered
Naomi Ogbeta

Berlin is her first chance to take on the world’s best at a major senior championships.

Last year she was one of five student athletes to receive a Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme Stars Award.

Away from athletics, she is a member of in the University’s Comedy Society, where she has performed improv at venues in Manchester

She missed the Edinburgh fringe this year because of her training, but still finds time to perform in Manchester with the Society.

“I did what I needed to do. I am so amazed that I did it. It is another under-23 record and third all-time. I’ve delivered," she told Athletics Weekly, adding: “I am feeling so confident with that 14 metres behind me.”

Sid Fletcher,  Performance Sport & Business Development Manager  said: “We're hugely proud of Naomi’s achievements this week and her season to date.

"After winning the University BUCS Championships, she has gone on from strength to strength.

"Her achievements come as no surprise given the levels of dedication and hard work that she has put in with our performance staff and her coaches leading up to the European Championships.”

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