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Greg Rutherford has controversial long jump record ratified

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Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has had his British record-breaking jump ratified by UK Athletics.

Rutherford, who won gold at London 2012, leapt to 8.51m in San Diego last month but the legitimacy of the jump had been brought into question by rival Chris Tomlinson.

Blurry YouTube video clips appeared to show the 27-year-old´s foot was over the foul line on take off, but, because of a lack of plasticine, the judges failed to spot the infringement, and the record was discredited by some.

UK Athletics have cleared the jump, though, meaning Rutherford, who previously shared the British record of 8.35m with Tomlinson, is now the sole holder of the accolade.

A statement confirming the ratification of the jump was reported on Athletics Weekly: "This being a UK record application, under current arrangements, it is a matter to be considered by the technical advisory group,” it read.

“Having considered all the available evidence the technical advisory group recommends that the record be ratified."

The group also revealed they had ignored the video footage from Youtube as it was neither an official video, nor was it in line with the take-off board.

The clearing of the leap means Rutherford is now the joint 19th longest jumper in the history of the event.

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