Lorraine Ugen won long jump bronze in Portland.

Lorraine Ugen and Tiffany Porter bronze medals rescue day of frustration for GB

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Great Britain's athletes gave the watching Mo Farah belated cause for celebration after bronze medals for Lorraine Ugen and Tiffany Porter rescued what had looked set to be a day of frustration at the World Indoor Championships.

With the double Olympic champion among the crowd in his adopted hometown of Portland, Ugen rose to the occasion in the long jump, as team-mate and rival Shara Proctor misfired, to land her first major medal.

The Texas-based 24-year-old, with her fifth attempt of six, leapt out to 6.93 metres to equal the indoor British record.

And barely 10 minutes later Michigan-born Porter took full advantage of a mistake by American Kendra Harrison to come home third in the 60m hurdles in 7.90 seconds. Home favourite, Nia Ali, took gold in 7.81secs.

Another American Brittney Reese produced a monster final-round leap of 7.22m to steal a dramatic long jump gold from Serbia's Ivana Spanovic in a high-quality competition.

Proctor, the World Championship silver medallist outdoors in Beijing last summer, could finish no better than eighth with 6.57m.

Instead Ugen, fifth in China, ensured a British presence on the podium, holding on to third place by four centimetres.

She said: "I'm ecstatic right now.

"This is my first time getting on a podium, so it was fantastic to finally get some silverware.

"My first couple of jumps I was behind the board, so we were trying to find out if I wasn't running properly or whether I needed to move (my run-up). Eventually we decided to move it in, put one on the board and really put one out there."

Proctor described her performance as "horrible" and blamed a hamstring problem which surfaced in the first round of jumping.

Porter's bronze was her third World Indoors medal after second and third-placed finishes in the previous two editions.

She said: "I was listening to the long jump and I'm just so happy to follow Lorraine with a bronze."

Farah, who opted to skip this event and instead compete at the World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff the following weekend, had earlier looked set to be given precious little to cheer by his compatriots who took to the eye-catching bright green track at the Oregon Convention Center.

James Dasaolu saw his medal ambitions in the 60m extinguished by a false start in the semi-finals, dashing his hopes of bouncing back from his nightmare 2015 season.

"Words can't describe how disappointed I am. It's extremely frustrating," he said.

In his absence American Trayvon Bromell took gold in 6.47s as veteran Jamaican Asafa Powell once again fluffed his lines when it mattered most.

Powell had run 6.44 in the heats and again in the semis to suggest Maurice Greene's world record of 6.39 could be under threat. Instead the 33-year-old could only manage 6.50 in the final for silver.

The former 100m world record holder's wait for a first individual global title goes on. He will surely never get a better chance.

"I don't know exactly what happened," he said.

"I wasn't focusing on the world record, but I had it in me. I just didn't come out in the finals."

The biggest cheer of the night was reserved for Canadian Brianne Theisen-Eaton, who snatched pentathlon gold from the grasp of Ukraine's Anastasiya Mokhnyuk with a stirring 800m run.

Trailing by 150 points going into the final event, she beat her rival by more than 13 seconds to overturn the deficit and finish on 4881 points, taking the title by 34 points.

One half of the golden couple of these championships, the 27-year-old was embraced by decathlon world record holder husband and Portland native Ashton Eaton when the result was finally confirmed.

Morgan Lake, 18, finished in seventh with 4499 points.

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