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The Loughborough University graduate told Sky Sports: "When they announced it was going to be in East London, and just down the road from me, I thought 'wow, I have to be there.'

"I have to make sure I am representing my borough, my country it's been my sole goal since it was announced in 2005. It means the world to me to be able to compete there. Every day I keep New Balance 574 Sale Nz

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Jegede said: "I saw the benefit of coaching these disenchanted kids; I had the same background to many of them so they could relate to me. I enjoyed it so I went on to do my own mentoring, going into schools and that led to me becoming a mentor for the Sky Sports programme."

He first became involved with such schemes after graduating, when he worked for 'Met Track,' an initiative which helps young offenders become involved in sport.

"At the athletics meet, I was meant to do the triple jump but the other guy wanted to swap so I did the long jump and by the end of the competition I jumped 5.88m. I came second, losing by just 1cm, and that's what made me think maybe I could try this sport," he said.

that in my mind to get me through the hard, tough sessions."

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For some though, it really will be a home Games, with long jump hopeful JJ Jegede living just down the road from the Olympic site.

Exciting timesHis hard work and determination paid off at the UK Indoor Championships in Birmingham earlier this month, jumping a personal best of 8.04m which saw him take the title up against a world class field.

However, following this, Jegede tore his hamstring at a meet in Sweden last week, yet he remains confident that his Olympic bid is still on track.

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old cycled through the Olympic Park twice a week to get to his local athletics track for training before the area was transformed into a sporting showground.

" It means the world to me to be able to compete there."

Fellow GB long jumpers Gregg Rutherford and Chris Tomlinson have already jumped the 'A' standard. Jegede now faces competition from Julian Reid for the coveted third and final place in Team GB's jumping trio. If he achieves his goal, there will be no prouder Londoner.

his journey by coaching and mentoring young children in schools across the UK.

Jegede's positive outlook is impressive when you take into account the fact he receives no funding of any kind and has no sponsors in his bid for 2012 glory.

For every British athlete, the London Olympics will be the pinnacle of their sporting career, with the home aspect a once in a lifetime opportunity.

"Everything seems to be going well; it's exciting times right now," he added.

JJ's pride

BenefitInstead, the Sky Sports 'Living for Sport' mentor funds New Balance 990 Light Green

With pre Olympic competitions beginning in late April, the hopeful is now pushing himself to the limits in order to secure the all important qualifying mark of 8.20m.

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"My main love was football and I had trials for Norwich, Tottenham and Watford. I had knee problems when I was young though, so my football career could not progress very far.

Having been involved with most sports as a child, Jegede surprisingly did not like athletics and only began the long jump when his teacher "forced" him to represent his school at New Balance 996 White Gold a local meet.

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After changing his coach in October 2010, Jegede is now trained by Peter Stanley, previously coach of Jonathan Edwards, and has seen his technique and results improve dramatically.

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