Tomlinson eyes Olympic glory

24 July 2012 / 09:07

Team GB long jumper Chris Tomlinson hopes his timing is right as he makes a third bid for Olympic glory at London 2012.

The 30-year-old has been one of Great Britain's foremost athletes for much of the past decade but has often met frustration at the major championships.

After recording a season's best of 8.26 metres at Crystal Palace earlier this month and moving up the world rankings from 12th to seventh, the joint-British record-holder feels this could be his opportunity.

Tomlinson, who finished fifth on his Olympic debut in 2004 but failed to make the final four years ago, said: "My form is coming good at the right time.

"Unfortunately I had to have an operation at the back end of last year and it took a bit of time to get over that but I have had some strong competitions recently.

"I've been second and third in a couple of major Diamond Leagues.

"Nobody in long jump is really jumping out of the pit, so I have certainly got the potential to go there and do well.

"It is just a matter of timing and we will go there and see what happens."

Tomlinson announced himself when he first broke the British record, then 8.23m, by four centimetres a decade ago.

He has since pushed that mark out to 8.35m but now only shares the distinction of being the country's best after team-mate Greg Rutherford equalled him in May.