Britain's Chris Tomlinson has slammed fellow long jumper Greg Rutherford after he failed to qualify for Friday's final at the World Championships in Moscow.

The decision to include Olympic champion Rutherford was heavily criticised by Tomlinson, after he expressed his anger that British Athletics performance director Neil Black picked Rutherford over him purely on 'media profile'. 

After the announcement was made, Tomlinson tweeted: 'Hugely disappointed that I'm not going to Moscow, especially when in better current form & 100% fit & ready'.

Rutherford, 26, suffered a hamstring tear just five-and-a-half weeks before the Championships, and despite making a 'miraculous' recovery, he failed to jump the required 7.89m needed to qualify. 

However, both men had failed to achieve the A standard this season but the 26-year-old was selected with the B standard on the discretion of Black.

The 31-year-old Tomlinson tweeted his anger: "Words can't describe my anger. Season ruined on media profile & not current athletic form. Thanks for the support from the athletics community'.

After failing to qualify for the final Rutherford said: "Sadly I felt better than I was. It wasn't good enough. I knew after the final jump that it was not long enough. From my point of view it's been a bad day."

He previously recorded a distance of 8.31m to win the gold medal at the Olympic Games in London last summer.


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