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Greg Rutherford jump legal despite claims by rival Chris Tomlinson

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Long-jumper Greg Rutherford's British record-breaking jump has been declared legal, despite claims from rival Chris Tomlinson that it wasn't.

Rutherford broke the previous record by jumping 8.51m in San Diego last week, but Tomlinson believes the result was "not legitimate", reports BBC Sport.

The 32-year-old, who shared the previous record with Rutherford, said he had seen pictures of the jump which showed Rutherford's foot was over the line when he took off.

"Lots of people have been sending me pictures of Greg's jump," he said. "What they show is that Greg's foot is not marginally over the plasticine but significantly over the plasticine.

"It's a large foul jump which has left me in an awkward position. Records have to be proper national records."

Rutherford, however, is adamant the jump was correct, telling the Guardian: "All the right i's were dotted and t's crossed. Ultimately, I wouldn't do it if it was not an official competition because the risk of jumping well and it not being official would absolutely gut me."

There was also doubt as to whether the event, held at the Olympic Training Centre, would count towards records as it was a small event, but a US track and field spokeswoman quashed those rumours: "It was USATF sanctioned and used USATF officials," she said.

Despite this, Tomlinson was adamant the 2012 Olympic champion's jump shouldn't have counted, adding that the "jumping world are laughing at this particular competition."

But, the jump has been declared legal, and Rutherford will hope to take this form into his next meet - in Manchester on May 17, and into the Commonwealth Games in July.

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