Chris Tomlinson cries 'foul' on Greg Rutherford's long jump record


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Chris Tomlinson has called for Greg Rutherford's new British long jump record to be expunged, dismissing it as "a big foul jump".

The duo had shared the previous national mark of 8.35 metres until Olympic champion Rutherford's leap of 8.51m at a low-key meeting in San Diego last week.

Video footage seems to show that Rutherford's effort was a no jump, something the athlete and USA Track and Field officials have denied.

But Tomlinson was adamant the record should be erased and has contacted British Athletics officials to air his grievances. "Am I just meant to sit back and say 'amazing jump' when it's clearly an illegitimate jump?" he told BBC Radio Tees. "What it [the video footage] shows is that Greg's foot is not marginally over the plasticine but significantly over, probably four or five centimetres or so.

"The long jump world are up in arms about this, texting and tweeting me and saying, 'How is this allowed? This is wrong'.

"I don't want to make it look like it's an attack on Greg... but there's video evidence that clearly states it's not a marginal foul, it's a large foul jump. The jumping world are laughing about this. If we're starting to accept this then I think we're losing a little bit of the essence of the sport."

For his part, Rutherford insisted the record was completely valid, saying: "It's with all the right i's dotted and t's crossed – ultimately I wouldn't do it if it wasn't an official competition because if I got a big jump and it wasn't ratified it would just gut me."

His stance was backed by USA Track and Field officials, who said: "The meet was USATF sanctioned through our USATF Southern California Association and used USATF officials. Thus, all marks are verified and legal."

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