Lapierre jumps to it on day one of athletics
ATHLETICS: Fabrice Lapierre gets the chance to put his confident words into action on Saturday when he and fellow Australian Henry Frayne tackle the qualification round of the men's long jump in Rio.
One of 14 Australians who will compete on day one of the athletics, Lapierre is one of the few in contention for a medal.
He believes he can go all the way.
"I don't know what everyone else thinks but in my opinion I'm not worried about anyone else," the 32-year-old told reporters in Rio. "I do think I can do it and I'm going in there with that mentality of 'yeah, I'm going out there to win, I believe I am going to win'.
"It's a good feeling to know that Australia is looking to me for a medal, I love that and I thrive off it."
Lapierre's confidence is partly fuelled by his silver medals in last year's world championships and this year's world indoor titles, but he has been a consistent performer on the big stage since shifting to Phoenix two years ago to work with US coach Dan Pfaff.
The other Australians in action on day one are Sydney-based mother Eloise Wellings in the final of the women's 10,000m; Luke Mathews, Peter Bol and Jeff Riseley in the men's 800m heats; Jenny Blundell, Linden Hall and Zoe Buckman in the women's 1500m heats; Melissa Breen in the first round of the women's 100m; Matthew Denny and Benn Harradine in the qualification round of the men's discus and Dane Bird-Smith and Rhydian Cowley in the men's 20km walk.
Long jump qualification is from 10.20am (AEST) on Saturday.