JJ Jegede in 2013
|Born||3 October 1985|
Newham, United Kingdom
|Height||5 ft 10.5 in (179.1 cm)|
|Weight||11 st 7 lb (73 kg)|
|Club||Newham & Essex Beagles|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||Long jump 8.11 m (London 2012)|
JJ Jegede (born 3 October 1985) is a British athlete who specialises in the long jump. He finished fourth in the long jump at the 2012 European Athletics Championships, just seven centimetres off a medal.
He was not selected for the British team for the 2012 Olympics, as he did not have the "A" standard of 8.20m. He competed at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and European Championships in Zurich, making the final in both.
Jegede grew up in Hackney as the youngest of four children. He had a rough upbringing, going through a number of evictions when his mother was not able to pay rent. He was named after a character in the television show Sons and Daughters. He attended Barking Abbey School. He wanted to become a professional footballer and was offered trials at Norwich and Tottenham Hotspur, but at the beginning of secondary school he was diagnosed with Osgood–Schlatter disease, which stopped him from playing.
In 2011, Jegede jumped over three Mini Coopers as part of an advertising campaign for the Mini London 2012 edition models. He is involved in the Metropolitan Police's Met Track scheme, as well as Sky's Living For Sport campaign. As part of this, he has done numerous school visits.
|60m||6.97i||Birmingham Games||Birmingham, Great Britain||2 February 2008|
|100m||10.89||London Inter Club Challenge||Hendon, Great Britain||26 July 2008|
|200m||22.42||Loughborough International||Loughborough, Great Britain||18 May 2008|
|Long jump||8.11||London Grand Prix||Crystal Palace, Great Britain||13 July 2012|
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