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February
2018
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Student Naomi is indoor triple jump champ

A politics and quantitative methods student from The University of Manchester has been crowned Britain’s indoor triple jump champion in Birmingham.

Naomi Ogbeta, beat off the best in the UK at the Spar British Athletics Indoor Championships this weekend.

The athlete, thought of as the brightest talent British triple jumping has had for some time, hopped, stepped and jumped to a British U23 Indoor Record of 13.65m and the British Indoor title.

The success bettered her jump of 13.52m in January, when she was the stand out performer at the Bratislava indoor competition.

The top-ranked Brit has represented both GB Juniors and England seniors in a host of international competitions.

 She will find out soon if she is to be selected for the IAAF World  indoor championships. 

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

There’s quite a bit of similarity between improv and athletics. You just don’t know what’s going to happen on stage and you don’t know how far you are going to jump
Naomi Ogbeta

The inaugural awards aimed to shine a spotlight on the achievements of talented dual career athletes and reward their incredible efforts, both on and off the field.

Away from athletics, she is also 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 does find time to perform in Manchester with the Society. But she even did a show immediately after the competition.

“There’s quite a bit of similarity between improv and athletics”, she says “You just don’t know what’s going to happen on stage and you don’t know how far you are going to jump.”

Video by Emma Cullen

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