Seel's Breaks European Jump Record

2nd July 2002
by ROB BURGESS

JASON SEELS, broke the European water ski jump record on Sunday at the Bavarian Open in Amberg.

“This season just gets better for me,” said the 25-year-old from Southampton after landing an effort of 67.8m, just 3.1m short of the world record held by Jimmy Siemers of America.

The new mark completes a successful week for the Lottery-funded British squad who continue to figure strongly in the latest world rankings announced by the International Water Ski Federation.

Seels - who also broke the European record in the extreme ski fly discipline at the US Masters in May with an effort of 81.2m - rises to No4 in both the jump and overall (jump, trick and slalom combined) lists.

Andy Mapple, recently awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, retains his position at the top of the slalom standings with Glenn Campbell joining the six-time world champion in the top 10 at No6.

Will Asher, 18, continues his rapid progress by moving up to No13 in the slalom rankings and No16 overall, one place behind his brother Tom.

Sarah Gatty-Saunt is Britain’s highest ranked female skier, ranked No10 overall.