Staffordshire long jumper Jazmin Sawyers qualifies for Tokyo Olympics

She claims her third British title in the process

Staffordshire athlete Jazmin Sawyers will represent Great Britain & Northern Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics in July after winning the British Championship title.

The 27-year-old jumped a stadium record of 6.75 metres at the Manchester Regional Arena to come top of the pile.

The 11 long-jumpers who started the final had to finish inside the top two to book a place at Tokyo if the Olympic qualifying standard of 6.82 metres was not reached.

In the end, Sawyers bagged her spot by 15 centimetres.

Speaking after securing her third British title, she told British Athletics: “I’m just so happy that I got it done.

“(Before) The last Olympics, I won the British Champs so it’s nice to continue to win, keep my title from last year and know for sure I’m off to the Olympics.”

Sawyers added: “I’m feeling really good and I’m ready to go.”

The Stoke-born athlete came into the competition in good form, having jumped a huge 6.90 metres earlier in June.

Joining her in Tokyo will be Porthill triple jumper Ben Williams who claimed the British crown after season’s best of 16.37 metres.


Sawyers bounces back superbly from early fault

The 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist had produced a foul on her first attempt in Manchester on Sunday.

But from then on in, she jumped further with every attempt.

After getting in her first legal attempt of 6.27 metres, Sawyers went five centimetres better the next round.

She then earned 6.46 metres before really getting into her stride in the fifth run, notching a distance of 6.73.

That would have been enough to win the contest without her final jump, on which she went two centimetres better to seal the crown.

As a result, Sawyers will compete in her second Olympics, having finished in eighth place at Rio 2016.

The delayed Tokyo Games are due to take place between July 23 until August 8.

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