Jai Taurima

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Jai Taurima
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Born 26 June 1972

Jai Taurima (born 26 June 1972 in Southport, Queensland) is a retired Australian athlete who competed in the long jump. He won a surprising silver medal at the 2000 Olympics with a personal best jump of 8.49 metres. This was the Oceanian record.[1] He is also known as 'Jumping Jai' or 'Jumping Jai Taurima'.

In addition, Taurima won a silver medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

Since retiring from athletics, Taurima has joined the Australian Federal Police force. He was married to long jumper Kerrie Taurima.[2]

Of New Zealand Māori descent, Taurima affiliates to the Ngāti Kahungunu iwi.[3]


  1. ^ Area Outdoor Records - Men - Oceania - IAAF.org
  2. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/01/28/1075088087487.html?from=storyrhs [retrieved 24/9/10]
  3. ^ McCurdy, Diana (30 September 2000). "Aussie crowd-pleaser proud of Kiwi heritage". The Press. 

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