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J.J. Jegede Jumps Over Three MINIs

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MINI celebrated the launch of London 2012 Olympic special editions by having England long jump champion J.J. Jegede jump over them.

Jegede is actually a London 2012 hopeful, so this jump was like an exercise for him. The three MINIs when lined up measured approximately six metres in length. A long jump champion can easily jump seven or eight meters.

In order to give Jegede the correct elevation for the jump, the run-up track and sand pit were raised to the height of the MINI’s roofs on specially-constructed structures positioned either side of the vehicles.  Both track and pit were built to competition standard to ensure the best conditions for the attempt.

J.J. Jegede said: “When you watch athletics on TV it’s hard to really understand just how far professional athletes can jump.  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.”

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