Greg Rutherford smashes British long jump record

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Greg Rutherford has claimed the British long jump record, after jumping 8.51 metres in California.

The Olympic champion was competing in an event at the US Olympic Training Centre, San Diego, where he set a new personal best.

It was enough to win the event ahead of American Tyron Stewart and record the world longest jump this year. After the event, and ecstatic Rutherford tweeted:

"I'm shaking. I can't believe how amazing today has been. Absolutely buzzing #8.51". 

He then told his sleepy followers:

"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 8.51 today in San Diego"

The mammoth jump exceeds that of previous record holder Chris Tomlinson, who jumped an 8.35m in 2011.

Rutherford had equalled the jump in the run up  to the Olympic games, but has now claimed it for his own, jumping an extra 16 centimetres in the process.

His Olympic gold medal-winning jump was only 8.31, which is indicative of his progress. However he has struggled with inconsistency, and this the first indication of a return to form.

Hampered by a hamstring injury, he failed to reach the finals at the World Championships in Moscow last year with a lowly 7.87 in the qualifiers.

The Milton Keynes athlete is coming into form at the right time ahead of the Commonwealth games in July.

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