Jai Taurima

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Jai Taurima
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Born 26 June 1972

Jai Desmond Taurima (born 26 June 1972 in Southport, Queensland) is an Australian retired athlete who competed in the long jump.

Despite smoking a packet of cigarettes a day,[1] he won a surprising silver medal at the 2000 Olympics with a personal best jump of 8.49 metres. This was the Oceanic record.[2] 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. He was married to long jumper Kerrie Taurima.[3]

Of New Zealand Māori descent, Taurima affiliates to the Ngāti Kahungunu iwi.[4]


  1. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/am/stories/s163151.htm [retrieved 16/8/16]
  2. ^ Area Outdoor Records - Men - Oceania - IAAF.org
  3. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/01/28/1075088087487.html?from=storyrhs [retrieved 24/9/10]
  4. ^ McCurdy, Diana (30 September 2000). "Aussie crowd-pleaser proud of Kiwi heritage". The Press. 

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