|Born||26 June 1972|
Despite smoking a packet of cigarettes a day, he won a surprising silver medal at the 2000 Olympics with a personal best jump of 8.49 metres. This was the Oceanic record. Son of Elaine (deceased) and Floyd Taurima, siblings Corrie, and Australian track and field coach Stacey Taurima.
Area Outdoor Records - Men - Oceania - IAAF.org</ref> He is also known as 'Jumping Jai' or 'Jumping Jai Taurima'.
In addition, Taurima won a silver medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
- http://www.abc.net.au/am/stories/s163151.htm [retrieved 16/8/16]
- http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/01/28/1075088087487.html?from=storyrhs [retrieved 24/9/10]
- McCurdy, Diana (30 September 2000). "Aussie crowd-pleaser proud of Kiwi heritage". The Press.
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