Chris Tomlinson competed in the men’s long jump at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. He jumped 7.70m and did not progress through to the final. At the 2009 World Championships in Berlin Tomlinson finished eighth. In qualifying Tomlinson’s teammate Greg Rutherford broke his British long jump record. Tomlinson showed great raw talent at both long and triple jumps and won eight AAA age group titles. Despite breaking both his wrists in a weight training accident in 2002, he returned in April of that year to break Lynn Davies 34 year old British Long Jump record with 8.27m in Tallahassee adding some 52cm to his lifetime best. Tomlinson won the European Cup and became a consistent finalist at major championships, finishing sixth at the Commonwealth Games and European Championships in 2002, followed by a ninth place finish at the 2003 World Championships in Paris. 2004 was arguably his most consistent season, recording eight competitions over 8m (indoors and outdoors), including setting a national record at the World Indoor Championships in Budapest, winning the European Cup for a second time as well as finishing a very creditable fifth at the Olympic Games, jumping 8.23m in qualification, then 8.25m in the final. Having missed most of the 2005 season through injury, Tomlinson was slightly under-par in 2006 but had a very good start to 2007, where Tomlinson broke his own British record in June, improving his mark by two centimetres, but despite a good run of form, Tomlinson failed to make the world final in Osaka. Likewise, the 2008 campaign started well, before slowly petering out. Tomlinson improved his British indoor record by one centimetre in Stuttgart, before winning a world indoor silver medal in Valencia but could not rediscover this sort of form for the outdoor campaign, and was a disappointing fifth at the Olympic Trials. Having been selected, his Olympic ambitions were put on hold again, as he injured his calf at Crystal Palace, which forced him to withdraw mid-competition and having just recovered in time for Beijing, Tomlinson did not do himself justice, only managing 7.70m in qualification.In 2008, he wed his West End actress girlfriend Lucia Rovardi, who gave birth to their son Raphael in March.