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Fabrice Lapierre Wins Mens Long Jump

published  First Published: 10/10/2010
Article written by: Nigel Brookson
Australian Fabrice Lapierre has won gold in the men's long jump with a world class leap of 8.30 metres, a jump that almost assure him of an Olympic medal in London and continues his rise to the ranks of elite jumpers.
Lapierre's winning leap was just his second jump and while Englishman Greg Rutherford followed with an impressive 8.22 metres, the gold was all but secured as soon as landed the second time.
"I'm pretty sure it would have medaled at all the Olympics," said Lapierre.
"It's definitely a stepping stone. I won the world indoor this year, so I've won two major championships and I just want to go on from here winning more majors."
Lapierre said he had planned to do his best jumps from the outset and place pressure on his competitors.
"I knew today I had to go out and get a jump in early. I thought I can't wait until the end like I normally do because I'm a bit tired .... I went out there and put as much as I could in the first two jumps and it worked out well.
"You put pressure on everyone, everyone's like, 'oh well, I've got to jump my personal best now to win'."
Other Golden Moments from Day Six at the 2010 Commonwealth Games Delhi
Australias Anastasia Rodionova defeats local heroine Sania Mirza to win the gold in the womens singles tennis at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
Rodionova, the top seed, downed Mirza in a grinding 6-3 2-6 7-6 (7-3) final battle at RK Khanna Tennis Stadium.
Earlier, Sally Peers won bronze against fellow Australian Olivia Rogowska 4-6 7-6 6-3.
The Australian swim team ends the Delhi Games program on a high with the men matching the effort of the women with a stunning victory in the 4x100m medley relay.
The quartet of backstroker Ashley Delaney, breaststroker Brenton Rickard, comeback kid Geoff Huegill in the butterfly and Eamon Sullivan with the closing freestyle leg set a new Commonwealth Games record in winning in 3:56.99.
Australia trailed England after the opening backstroke leg but Rickard - who had earlier won the men's 200m breaststroke gold in a new Commonwealth Games record time - made up the ground immediately with a powerful underwater surge in the opening stages of the breaststroke.
Thereafter, Australia was not headed, with Huegill pulling further away in the 'fly. England (4:00.09) grabbed the silver medal.
Making up for lost time, world champion Jessicah Schipper claims the 200m butterfly gold medal at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
Schipper, 23, clocked 2:07.04 to hold out Canada's Audrey Lacroix (2:07.31) and Englands Ellen Gandy (2:07.75).
19-year-old Australian Samantha Hamill finished fourth (2:07.84) and Felicity Galvez (2:13.19) eighth.
For the first time in seven years, Schipper missed out on a 100m butterfly berth in the national team when it was named for Delhi. She was the defending 100m Games champion and had claimed Olympic bronze in the event at Beijing. That ensured Schipper had to wait until swimmings final day of competition in Delhi to hit the water in her only individual event.
Schipper, the dual world champion over the distance, dominated the race for the first three laps but, from the final turn, Canadian Audrey Lacroix gave chase and almost caught the Australian, who appeared to be fading but held on at the last.
Schipper's time of 2 minutes, 07.04 seconds was a second outside her Commonwealth Games record from Melbourne.
The medal will be added to a collection which also includes an Olympic bronze, and two golds from the 100m and 200m butterfly events in Melbourne. Her swim had been a long time coming with Schipper having to wait until the final day to swim.
''I knew it was going to be tough - I've been racing Audrey my whole life,'' Schipper said. ''I kind of just put my head down in that last 25 and gave it my all. It has been a very long and different week for me, but it's great - I told myself it was my only swim, just go for it, if I die it'll be all right.''
Leisel Jones wins her 10th Commonwealth Games gold medal, swimming a vital leg in Australia's victory in the women's 4x100 medley relay on the final night of swimming in Delhi.
Jones swum the crucial breaststroke second leg that saw Australia pull away to a distinct lead over the second-placed English team.
Breaststroke queen Jones joins Ian Thorpe and Susie ONeill as the most successful Commonwealth Games athletes of all time.
Australia's winning time of 3:56.99 was less than one second behind the Commonwealth Games record time set by the home nation in Melbourne four years ago.
Surprise packet Alicia Coutts anchored Australia to victory with the final freestyle leg, giving her a remarkable five individual gold medals at the Delhi Games.
Backstroker Emily Seebohm won her eighth medal from eight events while Jess Schipper claimed her second gold medal after her victory in the women's 200m butterfly earlier.
Australia beat England (4:00.09) home by a little more than three seconds and Canada (4:03.96) claimed bronze.
Australian swimmers are showing their mettle on the final night of the swimming program at the Delhi Games with Brenton Rickard fighting his way to a memorable gold medal in the men's 200m breaststroke.
Barely 30 minutes after Jessicah Schipper held off challenges to win the women's 200 butterfly, Rickard went out fast and showed tremendous grit in the final metres to touch the wall first in a new Commonwealth Games record time (2:10.89).
Rickard's main competition came from Scotland's Michael Jamieson who looked poised to snatch victory from the experienced Australian. But the Scot had to settle for silver with a swim of 2:10.97, followed by Australian Christian Sprenger (2:11.44), who grabbed bronze.



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