Chris Tomlinson

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Chris Tomlinson
Chris Tomlinson Meeting Areva 2011.jpg
Personal information
Born (1981-09-15) 15 September 1981 (age 32)
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)
Sport
Country  United Kingdom
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Long jump
Updated on 15 August 2012.

Christopher George "Chris" Tomlinson (born 15 September 1981)[1] is an English long jumper.

Career[edit]

Born in Middlesbrough, Tomlinson began competing for Middlesbrough AC (formerly Mandale Harriers and Middlesbrough and Cleveland AC) at the age of 10, mostly over 100m and 200m. He attended Nunthorpe Secondary School, where he still holds many of its year group records for triple and long jump, before attending Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough. In his early teens Chris decided to concentrate on long jump. His major breakthrough came in 2002 when, just three months after breaking both wrists in a freak weight-training accident, he jumped 8.27 m to break the British record that had been held by Lynn Davies for 34 years. On 7 July 2007 he increased his record by a further 2 cm, jumping 8.29 metres (27 ft 2.4 in) while competing in Bad Langensalza in Germany.

Tomlinson now competes for athletics club Newham and Essex Beagles.

He has won seven national titles in various age groups, including one for the triple jump indoors for under 20s in 2000.

In February 2008 he became the world's top long jumper of the year so far with a leap of 8.18m. He won the silver medal at the 2008 World Indoor Championships. He competed at the 2008 Olympic Games without reaching the final. On 20 August 2009, his record was broken by 1 cm by Greg Rutherford in the qualifying for the World Championships long jump final. Both Rutherford and Tomlinson progressed to the final.

Tomlinson regained the British record in July 2011 with a jump of 8.35 m in Paris.[2] Rutherford equalled this distance on 3 May 2012,[3] before surpassing it in 2014.[4]

Tomlinson was conferred with an Honorary doctorate by the University of East London in 2010.[5]

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Great Britain and  England
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 6th 7.78 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 9th 7.93 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 5th 8.25 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 9th 7.74 m
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 2nd 8.06 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 27thq 7.70 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 8th 8.06 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 3rd 8.23 m
2011 European Team Championships Stockholm, Sweden 3rd 8.12 m
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 11th 7.87 m
2012 Olympic Games London, England 6th 8.07 m
2013 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 7th 7.95 m

Note: Results with a q, indicate overall position in qualifying round

Personal bests[edit]

Event Personal Best Venue Date Records
60 metres (indoor) 6.84 seconds Lee Valley, UK 4 January 2009
100 metres 10.69 seconds Florida, United States 13 April 2002
200 metres 21.55 seconds London, UK 8 May 2004
Long Jump 8.35 m Paris, France 8 July 2011
Long Jump (indoor) 8.18 m Stuttgart, Germany 2 February 2008 British record
Triple Jump 14.67 m Exeter, UK 10 July 1998
Triple Jump (indoor) 15.31 m Birmingham, UK 5 February 2000
  • All information taken from IAAF profile and power of 10 profile.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turnbull, Simon (23 November 2011). "Chris Tomlinson: Drugs cheats cost me medals". The Independent. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Hart, Simon (8 July 2011). "Cold start can't stop cruising Usain Bolt while Chris Tomlinson sets British long jump record". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Greg Rutherford equals British long jump record ahead of London 2012". The Guardian. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Greg Rutherford sets outright British long jump record". BBC Sport. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Engaging UEL". University of East London. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tomlinson, Christopher Biography". IAAF. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Athlete Profile". Thepowerof10.info. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 

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