Commonwealth silver medallist jumps 8.35m in San Diego
In just his third competition of the year, Greg Rutherford has equalled the British long jump record at a low-key competition in San Diego.
Competing at the OTC-Pre-Olympic Series II meeting, Rutherford won with a world-leading leap of 8.35m, benefiting from a perfect tailwind of 2.0m/s.
It equals the mark set last year in Paris by domestic arch-rival Chris Tomlinson.
In recent years the pair have exchanged British records. Tomlinson set his first record back in 2002 with 8.27m, then added two centimetres to the record in 2007.
At the 2009 World Championships, Rutherford broke the record by one centimetre with his 8.30m leap in the qualifying round. It lasted two years, with Tomlinson getting back his record last year.
Rutherford, who will return to the UK today from his warm-weather training stint in the US, opened his season two weeks ago at the Mt SAC Relays, leaping 8.05m. He improved to 8.20m one week later at the first OTC Pre Olympic Series meeting. His jump yesterday in San Diego puts him at the top of this year’s world lists.
Rutherford tweeted after the competition: “Not a bad day. PB in San Diego with a cheeky +2.0! Feels good with a larger crowd as well.
“The OTC in San Diego is my new fav place to jump,” he added. “Actually just behind Paris and Crystal Palace.”