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Chris Tomlinson

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Inspiring Others and Changing Lives

As a member of the Sporting Champions team, Chris is more than happy to help out to inspire young people in to sport and he enjoys the opportunities he has to coach in schools particularly with Team Super Schools.

Chris helped in making an impact to young people‚Äôs lives and raising aspirations whilst working on the Sporting Champions programme, and is now looking to inspire your audience by sharing his secret of what it takes to be the best you can be!


"Chris provided an additional boost to the young athlete's confidence and aspirations prior to the competition. He was engaging and inspiring throughout and gave a further lift to students with coaching advice and feedback on performance." Dan Wilson, West Yorkshire School Games
"Chris was fantastic with the learners and very approachable. By having him attend the college and relate with so many learners is truly inspiring and will no doubt support ours aims of developing a more active lifestyle of the young people at the college." Rob Grainey, South Tyneside College
"Chris was truly inspirational and without doubt helped us create a more vibrant, energetic, and inspiring games than ever before. The passion and enthusiasm Chris shared was cascaded to every single person involved in the event including competitors, teachers, coaches, volunteers, young leaders, event staff and spectators. Amazing!!" Nicola McLean, Cumbria School Games
"Chris is a great example of how through hard work and determination you can become a successful athlete. He is down to earth and approachable and is willing to take the time to speak to everyone." Lauren Havercroft, University of Hull


Chris started competing in athletics aged 10, mostly over 100m and 200m and in his early teens he decided to concentrate on long jump. His major breakthrough came in 2002 when, just three months after breaking both wrists in a freak weight-training accident, he jumped 8.27 m to break the British record that had been held by Lynn Davies for 34 years. On 7 July 2007 he increased his record by a further 2 cm, jumping 8.29 metres (27 ft 2.4 in) while competing in Bad Langensalza in Germany. Chris has won seven national titles in various age groups, including one for the triple jump indoors for under 20s in 2000. 

In February 2008 he became the world's top long jumper of the year with a leap of 8.18m. He won the silver medal at the 2008 World Indoor Championships. He competed at the 2008 Olympic Games without reaching the final. On 20 August 2009, his record was broken by 1 cm by Greg Rutherford in the qualifying for the World Championships long jump final. Both Rutherford and Tomlinson progressed to the final.Tomlinson regained the British record in July 2011 with a jump of 8.35 m in Paris.

With over 16 years of athletics experience competing in the long and triple jump as a junior with international honours, he has gone to compete in 3 Olympic games, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Competitive Record

2012 London Olympics finalist long jump 6th

2012 European Outdoor medallist

2008 Beijing Olympics

2004 Athens 

World indoor Silver medallist British indoor and outdoor record holder

World, Commonwealth, European and Olympic finalist

Current holder of British records at 8.18mtrs indoors and 8.35 outdoors mtrs

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