Jumping JJ takes a leap over love in bid to fulfil his London 2012 dream
Getting married is not on JJ Jegede's mind. Olympic glory, however, is.
The east Londoner, who famously hopped over three minis last year, took a leap of love over 12 brides as he ramps up his preparations for what would be the biggest event of his life in Stratford this summer, just a stone's throw from where he was raised.
Leap of love: Team GB London 2012 hopeful JJ Jegede jumps over 12 brides
'Jumping at a competitive level is intense, but leaping over 12 brides is certainly quite a challenge,' he said.
'With this sort of training, I’m certain I’ll be ready for anything at London 2012.'
Ready, steady, go: Jegede ramps up his preparations for the summer
Jegede needs to improve on his personal best of 8.04metres to fulfil his Olympic dream.
The 26-year-old faces competition from Julian Reid – who represented Jamaica at the 2009 World Championships – for the final spot in Team GB's long jump trio alongside national record holder Chris Tomlinson and Greg Rutherford.
But he is no stranger to challenging adversity head on, breaking through the barriers of being raised in a tough area.
was brought up in a tough neighbourhood, with a lot of crime and
violence,' Jegede, who mentors disadvantaged schoolchildren, told The Sun.
'I could have gone down the wrong roads, like some of my friends. They were people who had talent but hated the system.
'Some got involved in drugs, went to prison. I am so thankful I found sport. It helped me do something better with my life.'
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