Tomlinson admits his best was not quite good enough at Commonwealth Games
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A philosophical Chris Tomlinson admitted his best was not quite good enough after finishing fifth in the Commonwealth Games long jump final.
Tomlinson, who lives in Hampstead, had been plagued by a quad injury in the build-up to Glasgow 2014 and admitted after qualifying for last Wednesday’s final that his leg was “being held together with sticky tape”.
Despite a hugely consistent series of jumps at Hampden Park, the 32-year-old was unable to get in the leap beyond 8.10m, which would have secured a medal – and he suspected his best jump of 7.99m was all he had in him on the day.
He reflected: “The leg held together and I can’t be too disappointed as I’ve done as well as I possibly could have done under the circumstances.
“Sometimes you are jumping consistently and getting all that you can out of your tank. Today there just wasn’t enough in there.”
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England team-mate Greg Rutherford took gold and, despite the much-publicised rivalry between the two, Tomlinson paid the Olympic champion a generous tribute.
He added: “The bottom line is Greg was the best jumper on the day, he deserved to win and he did - that’s all there is to it.”
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