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Greg Rutherford breaks British long jump record

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Olympic champion Greg Rutherford has broken the all-time British record for the long jump, after jumping 8.51m at an event in San Diego.

The jumper, who won gold in London in 2012, jointly held the previous record with rival Chris Tomlinson, but smashed that mark by 16cm.

Rutherford had fouled his first two jumps of the meet, but broke the record on his fourth effort, en route to winning the event.

The 27-year-old took to Twitter to share the news, writing: "It's 10pm in San Diego and 6am in the UK.

"If you're just waking up I am now the British record holder after jumping 8.51m today in San Diego."

It was a massive personal best for the Milton Keynes athlete, and comes after a frustrating 2013, where he failed to qualify for the final of the World Championships in Moscow, a little under a month after rupturing his hamstring at a Diamond League event in Paris.

The jump at the Olympic Training Centre in San Diego will stand him in good stead for the rest of the year.

Rutherford will be preparing for the Commonwealth Games by competing at the BT Great City Games in Manchester and the Grand Prix meeting in Glasgow, before the Games kick-off on July 23.

One of his main challengers for gold could come from Tomlinson, the previous joint holder of the record and long-term rival himself showed no signs of hard feeling, though, tweeting Rutherford his congratulations: "Wow well done to @GregJRutherford, 8.51! Class jumping."

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