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British Athletics finally ratifies Rutherford's long jump record

Greg Rutherford in action. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images.

British Athletics has finally ratified Greg Rutherford's new British long jump record - a month after the Milton Keynes athlete set it.

The 8.51m jump - at a meeting at Chula Vista in San Diego - had been disputed by his Great Britain teammate Chris Tomlinson, who claimed it was a foul.

Now British Athletics has confirmed the new record, which beats the previous best by 16cm.

That record had been jointly held by Rutherford and Tomlinson.

A statement from the body's technical advisory group said it had considered a number of factors in ratifying the decision including the wind speed card from the event, and the fact that the jump satisfied the USA Track and Field Rules.

The group also assessed a You Tube video which appeared to show Rutherford had overstepped the take-off board but dismissed it as evidence because it was not an official video and had not been taken directly in line with the take-off board.

Statue inspired by Olympic long jumper to be unveiled in the summer

An artist's impression of how the statue will look. Credit: Wavendon Parish Council.

A statue in Milton Keynes inspired by Greg Rutherford's London Olympic long jump gold is expected to be unveiled by the summer.

The 8.7m Leaping Man statue will be placed on the Fen roundabout to the east of Milton Keynes.

It is expected to be completed by the end of May.


Olympic heroes to take part in anniversary games

Jonnie Peacock Credit: PA

Cambridgeshire's Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock and Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford, from Milton Keynes, have confirmed they'll compete at London's Anniversary Games this summer.

Greg Rutherford Credit: PA

The pair will be joined by other gold medal winning members of Team GB at the The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in July.

More recognition for Golden Greg

Greg Rutherford will receive an MBE today Credit: ITV Anglia

Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford will receive an MBE from the Queen today. Greg, from Milton Keynes, won gold for the long jump at London 2012 on Super Saturday, when Great Britain won three gold medals in a matter of minutes.

He joins olympic stars from our region including Victoria Pendleton and Louis Smith in being honoured since the games.