Super Beagle Tomlinson is close to a new record

PUBLISHED: 17:11 01 June 2011

Newham and Essex Beagles' Chris Tomlinson in the long jump

Newham and Essex Beagles' Chris Tomlinson in the long jump


Chris Tomlinson narrowly missed out on claiming the British long jump record, as Newham & Essex Beagles’ finished fifth in the European Champion Clubs Cup in Portugal at the weekend.

In a close field, they finished with 101 points – just four behind third place G.A. Fiamme Gialle from Italy – in an event won by Russian champions Luch Moscow, who accumulated 134 points.

Club stalwart Tomlinson jumped a heavily wind-assisted (+3.1) 8.28metres, just two centimetres behind Greg Rutherford’s national record, to win the competition and continue his excellent early season form.

But Tomlinson was pipped to the man of the match award by Erison Hurtault, who won the 400m in 46.31 seconds and followed up to finish fourth in the 200m in 21.61.

But it was his star turn on the final leg of the 4x400m relay that was most impressive.

The Beagles team, chasing their third straight victory, were second after three legs, as Tom Burton, Nathan Woodward and Richard Davenport trailed a strong Russian team.

Hurtault trailed Russia’s Konstantin Svechkar by 40m as he took the baton, but an astonishing finish saw the Beagles’ athlete win by half-a-stride.

Elsewhere, Steve Lewis failed to register a clearance in the pole vault, but there were a pair of second place finishes for Robbie Grabarz in the high jump with 2.20m and Woodward in the 400m hurdles in 50.26.

Gianni Frankis ran an almost perfect race in the 110m hurdles to win in 14.08, while Newham’s Mark Findlay was sixth in a strong 100m field, clocking 10.93.

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