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Representing United Kingdom
Commonwealth Youth Games
Abigail Irozuru (born 3 January 1990, Manchester) is an English track and field athlete, specialising in long jump. She is sponsored by Virgin Trains and also has a train named after her based on her achievements and potential to be a future Olympian.
She competes for the Sale Harriers, the same club as former Great Britain athletes Diane Modahl and Darren Campbell.
Irozuru began participating in athletics as a 14-year-old after she excelled at a youth athletics match by winning the 100 m, 200 m, 4 × 100 m and the long jump. This led to an invitation by Ian Wiltshire to start training at the City of Manchester Stadium before its conversion to a full football stadium. Her talent quickly shone through and in 2006 Irozuru won Silver at both the English Schools Championships and British Schools Championships competing against highly accomplished young jumpers.
After establishing herself as an elite junior athlete, Irozuru moved to London to study for a law degree at University College London where she firstly worked with UK Athletics head long and triple jumps coach John Herbert who also coached Jade Johnson to the 2008 Summer Olympics. Her current coach is Larry Achike who helped her achieve 2012 National Indoor Long Jump Silver and Gold in her first senior international in Bratislava. On Saturday 9 June 2012 at the Georgi Pavlov International Athletics Meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria Irozuru jumped 6.80m in the sixth round, setting a new personal best and meeting the Olympic A Qualifying distance for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. On the 24 June 2012 at the Aviva Olympic Trials & UK Championships in Birmingham she was disappointed to jump 6.48 which meant she had to compete at the 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland.
Irozuru has retired due to leg injuries and has done nothing of note since but has admitted in a 2016 interview that she is happy she bettered fellow teammate and f