As part of our Series 16, we caught up with Australian long jump star Fabrice Lapierre as he competes on the European circuit ahead of this summers’ Olympic Games.
Off the back of a World Championship silver medal in Beijing last year, Fabrice became one of the first ALTIS athletes to punch their ticket to Rio after winning the 2016 Australian Championships with a jump of 8.27m. The mark was his furthest to date to start a season, and he believes the March qualification that Australia enjoys allows him time to prepare for the biggest event this summer.
“For me it’s an advantage because I made the team so I don’t have to worry about qualifying,” reflected Fabrice. “Now it’s just about training and staying healthy in the build-up. I’ve done four meets here in Europe and then I’ll get back and have a good five weeks of training. I’ve only got two more meets before Rio so the excitement is beginning to build now.”
It’s probably the best off-season I’ve ever had and this season is probably the best I’ve ever had as far as consistency.
“It’s been going good. It’s probably the best off-season I’ve ever had and this season is probably the best I’ve ever had as far as consistency. So I’m really excited; everything’s on track.”
Fabrice moved to ALTIS in 2014 to train under the guidance of coach Dan Pfaff, and with several world podiums in the following years, the Australian was quick to compliment the impact that his coach has had on his progress.
“I love everything about going to Altis, Phoenix is a great city. Dan has helped me lot. He’s really refined my technique on my run and then the jump. I’m really consistent now and I think a lot of that falls down to his coaching. He’s improved a lot of little things in my technique and keeping me healthy which is a big part of being on top.”
To add to his World Championship silver, the athlete has won World Indoor gold (2010) & silver (2016) as well as Commonwealth gold (2010) & bronze (2006). Lapierre made his Olympic debut at Beijing 2008, aged 24, where he finished 16th. But he would miss out on London 2012 through injury, in-fact an Olympic medal is the only one missing from his impressive trophy cabinet.
“I want to get the Gold obviously. I’m hopeful I can do that. I’ve just got keep doing what I’m doing and take it up a step when it comes to the Olympics.”