Milton Keynes’ gold medal champion breaks British record

Greg Rutherford pictured on his bus tour in 2012
Greg Rutherford pictured on his bus tour in 2012

Milton Keynes’ Olympic champion is celebrating after setting a new British long jump record in San Diego.

As the British public slept overnight, Olympic gold medal winner, Greg Rutherford, jumped 8.51 metres in Chula Vista to break the record he had equalled with Chris Tomlinson in May 2012.

Greg announced the news on Twitter this morning. He said: “It’s 10pm in San Diego and 6am in the UK. If you’re just waking up I am now the British record holder after jumping 8.51 today in San Diego.”

“Wow my body is feeling it now. Thanks for all the amazing messages. I’ve waited a long time for this. More to come #851 British Record

“I’m shaking. I can’t believe how amazing today has been. Absolutely buzzing #8.51

“My legs are very sore.”

The sportsman, who grew up in Bletchley and went to Denbigh School, won gold at the London Olympics in 2012 with a winning distance of 8.31m, which he has now smashed with his personal best.