2012 hopeful JJ clears three Minis
Published 28/09/2011 | 12:57
England long jump champion JJ Jegede has cleared three Minis in a break from his normal Olympic training schedule.
JJ jumped six metres (20ft) over the roofs of the cars at the event at Potters Fields, London.
The 2011 English champion, who has just moved to Newcastle to continue his training, admitted he was relieved to have completed the feat, which was to launch the Mini London 2012 Edition Models.
It comes after a successful year for the Olympic hopeful in which he achieved a personal best of 8.04 metres.
Speaking about his training for the Olympics, JJ said: "It's going really well. I had a really good season this year.
"I picked up a few niggles so I could have gone a bit further but I jumped a personal best, 8.04, which is great but I still need 16cm more to qualify for the Olympics.
"But for me I know I can make the 8.20 distance, it's just about making my runway consistent. So next year I don't want to be injured, as long as I'm healthy I trust that I can jump the distance."
Following his successful jump, JJ revealed his usual preparation before an event was to watch comedy movies and listen to hip hop artists such as Lil Wayne and Drake.
The athlete, from Hackney, east London, said: "Laughter is the best way to relax, I watch films like Don't Mess With The Zohan and motivational films in the morning then listen to my music later on as I head down to the track."
Hosting the event, British Olympian Steve Backley said the feat may have given JJ an insight into the pressure he'll feel if he makes the team next year.