JJ Jegede

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JJ Jegede
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JJ Jegede in 2013
Personal information
Nationality Great Britain
Born (1985-10-03) 3 October 1985 (age 33)
Newham, United Kingdom
Height5 ft 10.5 in (179.1 cm)
Weight11 st 7 lb (73 kg)
Event(s)Long jump
ClubNewham & 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 works as a personal trainer and as mentor for young people.[1]

He was not selected for the British team for the 2012 Olympics, as he did not have the "A" standard of 8.20m.[2] He competed at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and European Championships in Zurich, making the final in both.

Early life[edit]

Jegede grew up in Hackney as the youngest of four children.[3] He had a rough upbringing, going through a number of evictions when his mother was not able to pay rent.[4] He was named after a character in the television show Sons and Daughters.[5] He attended Barking Abbey School.[6] 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.[6]

Promotional work[edit]

In 2011, Jegede jumped over three Mini Coopers as part of an advertising campaign for the Mini London 2012 edition models.[7] He is involved in the Metropolitan Police's Met Track scheme,[8] as well as Sky's Living For Sport campaign.[9] As part of this, he has done numerous school visits.[10][11][12]


Personal bests[edit]

Event Mark Competition Venue Date
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


  1. ^ "JJ Jegede - Sky Sports Living for Sport". livingforsport.skysports.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  2. ^ Nash, Matthew (28 July 2012). "JJ Jegede: I was tempted to ditch Great Britain after Olympic snub". Metro.co.uk. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  3. ^ "JJ Jegede - GB Athlete & London Personal Trainer". www.jjjegede.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  4. ^ Hart, Simon (June 28, 2012). "JJ Jegede Telegraph Interview". The Telegraph. The Telegraph. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  5. ^ "I was born five minutes from the stadium... but some guy from Jamaica could be there instead of me". Mail Online. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  6. ^ a b "Flown From the Nest - JJ Jegede". www.ex-canaries.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  7. ^ "Olympic Long Jump Hopeful Jumps Over Three Minis In London". The Huffington Post. 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  8. ^ "JJ Jegede". Met-Track. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  9. ^ "JJ Jegede". Sky Sports - Living for Sport. Sky Sports. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  10. ^ Sessions, George. "GB athlete visits local school". Newham Recorder. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  11. ^ "JJ Jegede | Joseph Swan Academy". www.josephswan.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  12. ^ Caron. "JJ Jegede 'People are Awesome!'". www.gbhs.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-25.

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