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Long jump start for London 2012

The Olympics are breathing down our necks, and as if we needed a further reminder of what will be happening to London next year, long jump champion J.J. Jegede has successfully cleared three Mini London 2012 Editions quite easily.

The cars measure six metres when you measure them side by side, which by professional long jumping standards isn't so tough, though the pressure of the occasion must have made it a difficult task.

'When you watch athletics on TV it’s hard to really understand just how far professional athletes can jump,' he said. 'I’ve always wanted to demonstrate my ability in a fun way, so I jumped at the chance to perform an Evel Knievel-style display.  It is my ultimate dream to compete at London 2012.  I spend much of my spare time working with young people to get them involved in sport too, but I certainly advise any budding athletes not to try this one at home.'

British Olympian Steve Backley, who hosted the attempt, said: 'This has been a fantastic celebration of world-class talent, an extraordinary feat and a special treat for the fans.  Having performed on the world stage myself I know how nerve-wracking it feels before a big performance, but in these extraordinary conditions I can’t imagine what J.J. was feeling,'

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