Fabrice Lapierre was one of Australia’s best ever junior athletes. During a career which included a long jump silver at the world juniors, he compiled bests of long jump 7.74m, 100m 10.48w/10.56, 200m 21.40 and triple jump 15.07m.
The next phase of his career saw him competing in the NCAA for Texas A&M from 2003 to 2006. In 2005, he won bronze in the NCAA indoor long jump and gold in the outdoors with a windy 8.15m jump. The confidence of that win spring boarded him into a very impressive 2006 year. He won the national title with 8.12m and then dashed back to the US to take silver at the NCAA indoor long jump. He then returned to Melbourne for the Commonwealth Games where he won bronze.
He returned for the summer college season finishing second in the NCAAs and in Europe extended his PB to 8.19m. Unable to reach eight metres in 2007, he was back on track in 2008 and won an appeal to compete at the Beijing Olympics. It started an unbroken annual eight-metre-long jump streak which continues to 2017.
His 2009 and 2010 campaigns included enormous jumps, including 8.57w, 8.78w and his lifetime best of 8.40m.
At championships in 2010, he won the Commonwealth and world indoor titles. In the ensuing years, he won silver at the 2015 world championships and 2016 world indoors.
In Rio, he placed tenth in his second Olympics, after he had missed London with a hamstring injury.
He was a volunteer in the media area during the Sydney 2000 Olympics.