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UK Athletics to examine Rutherford record

ESPN staff
May 1, 2014
Greg Rutherford jumped 8.51metres in San Diego © AP

Greg Rutherford will discover whether his British record in the long jump will stand later this month after UK Athletics confirmed they are investigating the matter.

The Olympic champion jumped 8.51 metres in San Diego last Thursday to become the outright British record holder after previously sharing the record with Chris Tomlinson at 8.35m.

The jump was declared legal despite complaints from Tomlinson, who said there were pictures showing Rutherford overstepping at take-off. He also questioned the officials at the USA Track and Field-sanctioned meeting in Chula Vista.

UK Athletics have said they will examine the jump. "With any new British record, British Athletics receives paperwork from the event the athlete competed in and this goes before the British Athletics technical advisory group, who then ratify the record based on a number of sanctions being completed," a spokeswoman told Athletics Weekly.

Rutherford maintains his record will stand after telling The Guardian: "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. All the right i's were dotted and t's crossed."

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