Olympic long jumper Chris Tomlinson has raised doubts over the legitimacy of Team GB compatriot Greg Rutherford's record-breaking jump, saying that the latter's foot was clearly over the line when taking off.
The pair had shared the British record for long jump before Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford surpassed this with an incredible jump of 8.51m to set the new British record.
However, Tomlinson told the Guardian: "When you look at the video, it's clearly a foul.
"Greg's foot is not marginally over but significantly over, probably four or five cm or so."
The two have been rivals for many years and Tomlinson criticising Rutherford is not unique either.
Last year, Rutherford was selcted by Team GB to compete in Moscow at the World Championships despite concerns that he was not fit enough whilst struggling with an injury.
This meant that Tomlinson subsequently missed out on the competition and he angrily took to Twitter, saying the only reason Rutherford has been selected instead was because of his "media profile".
Rutherford went on to say: "It's left me in a slightly awkward situation because it's a jump that's clearly a large foul in a competition that isn't a world championships, isn't an Olympics or a grand prix. It's a very small competition and where do we draw the line in the sand?
"The long jump world are up in arms about this, texting and tweeting me and saying: 'How is this allowed? This is wrong.' Down at the local track the officials would be far more suited to a professional environment than what that particular competition was."
The USA track and field association have confirmed that all the requirements were met when Rutherford completed his jump in San Diego and that there is no reason for the record not to be upheld.
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