GREG Rutherford has vowed to get his Great Britain long jump record back after losing it to rival Chris Tomlinson at the latest Diamond League meeting in Paris on Friday.
Rutherford had to settle for third place on the podium thanks to his fifth round best leap of 8.27m, but Tomlinson jumped 8.35m to smash Rutherford’s previous best of 8.30.
However, that was still only good enough to give Tomlinson second place behind winner Irving Saladino after the Panamanian Olympic gold medallist reached 8.40.
South African Godfrey Khotso Mokoena leads the overall Diamond League rankings with Rutherford in second place and Tomlinson fifth.
After seeing his two-year old GB record beaten, Rutherford says he’s determined to get it back at the first available opportunity.
“I’m not happy right now – I hate being beaten,” he said. “Well done to Chris though, he had a great night. I’ll lend him the record for a couple of weeks.”
Although bitterly disappointed to lose his British record – set at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009 – the one piece of good news for Rutherford is that his Diamond League exploits have now proved enough to guarantee him a place in the London Olympics next year.
For now the man from Bletchley is purely concentrating on winning back his record, and he’ll get plenty of chances with two further League meetings to come before this year’s World Championships in South Korea at the end of August.
“I’m disappointed but I’ll perk up soon,” added Rutherford. “And I’ll be back on top very soon.”