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Fabrice Lapierre Wins Australian Long Jump Title

By Robert Kelly On April - 18 - 2010

In winning his third Australian national long jump title this weekend, Texas A&M graduate Fabrice Lapierre flew to an amazing distance of 28 feet, 9.75 inches (8.78), aided by a 3.1 wind, in the final round of the national meet that served as the Commonwealth Games selection trials for Australia.

“It’s always there,” said Lapierre, who was quoted by the press in attendance at the meet, “People don’t understand that one day I’m going to jump something even more exceptional than that.

“It’s only a matter of time until I do something crazy and everyone is going to take notice.”

The 26-year-old Lapierre became the sixth-best performer ever in the event, under any conditions, with the ninth-best performance. Five of the marks among the all-time top 10 join Lapierre’s mark as being wind-aided while four of the marks were set at altitude sites.

The five jumpers currently ahead of Lapierre on the all-time list are legends in the sport: Mike Powell, Carl Lewis, Bob Beamon, Ivan Pedroso of Cuba, and Russian Robert Emmiyan.

The mark produced by Lapierre is the longest jump in the wo...

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