Chris Tomlinson

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Chris Tomlinson
Personal information
Born (1981-09-15) 15 September 1981 (age 42)
Height1.97 m (6 ft 5+12 in)
Weight84 kg (185 lb)
Country Great Britain
Event(s)Long jump
Medal record
World Indoor Championships
Silver medal – second place 2008 Valencia Long jump
European Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Barcelona Long jump
Updated on 15 August 2012.

Christopher George Tomlinson (born 15 September 1981)[1] is a retired English long jumper. He is the former British long jump record holder and competed at the Olympics of 2004, 2008 and 2012.


Born in Middlesbrough, Tomlinson began competing for Middlesbrough AC (formerly Mandale Harriers) 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 competed for athletics club Newham and Essex Beagles for some time.

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]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Great Britain and  England
2000 World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 12th 7.29 m (wind: +0.7 m/s)
2001 European U23 Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 6th 7.70 m (wind: -0.2 m/s)
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, England 6th 7.79 m
European Championships Munich, Germany 6th 7.78 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 11th (q) 7.73 m
World Championships Paris, France 9th 7.93 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 6th 8.17 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 5th 8.25 m
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 9th (q) 7.85 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 14th (q) 7.83 m
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 6th 7.96 m
European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 9th 7.74 m
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 5th 7.89 m
World Championships Osaka, Japan 16th (q) 7.89 m
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 2nd 8.06 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 27th (q) 7.70 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 8th 8.06 m
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 14th (q) 7.75 m
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 3rd 8.23 m
Commonwealth Games New Delhi, India NM
2011 European Team Championships Stockholm, Sweden 3rd 8.12 m
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 11th 7.87 m
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 13th (q) 7.84 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 6th 8.07 m
2013 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 7th 7.95 m
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, United Kingdom 5th 7.99 m
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 11th 7.75 m

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

Personal bests[edit]

Event Personal Best Venue Date
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
Triple Jump 14.80 m Sheffield, UK 8 July 2000
Triple Jump (indoor) 15.31 m Birmingham, UK 5 February 2000
  • All information taken from IAAF profile and power of 10 profile.[6][7]


  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. Archived from the original on 4 March 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Tomlinson, Christopher Biography". IAAF. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Athlete Profile". Retrieved 26 August 2012.

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