CHRIS Tomlinson insists he is finally ready to travel to Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games after a victorious outing at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London.
With Glasgow 2014 right around the corner, Tomlinson headed to Horse Guards Parade yesterday for some last-minute competition prior to an appearance in Scotland.
It has been an injury hit season to date for Tomlinson but the 32-year-old Teessider underlined his form in the capital as he claimed victory in the long jump with a best leap of 7.94m.
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The distance might have been some way off his personal best of 8.35m but the success couldn’t have been better timed with the Commonwealth Games fast approaching.
And Tomlinson is adamant he can prove his worth at a transformed Hampden Park in Glasgow and put a tough season behind him in style on one of the biggest stages this year.
“I’m delighted with the way I performed, especially as it was in London,” said Tomlinson, who hopes to compete throughout the Summer Series – events proudly backed by long-term supporter Sainsbury’s.
“It could have been better and I could have jumped further but I was fatigued from [the] Monaco [Diamond League] and with the Commonwealth Games next week, I just didn’t want to injure anything.
“Basically, I haven’t jumped in training or done anything for six weeks so I had get out and do some basic jumping before the Commonwealth Games because that’s what I do for a living.
“So, this was great preparation for myself – it was a case of going to Monaco then coming here and getting two competitions under my belt and, fortunately, I’ve managed to do that.
“Even a couple of weeks ago everyone had written me off that I was totally injured but now I’ve managed to turn it round and I’m back in with a shout.
“So I think I’ll just go to Glasgow and have a bit of fun with it to be honest.”
Also playing their part as the Anniversary Games celebrated two years since the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics was Jonathan Taylor, who finished a two-mile race on The Mall in 11th in 8:52.00 minutes.
World indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty was also in action in the evening on Horse Guards Parade but he was left devastated when he thought there was a false start in the 100m B race.
The race was never pulled up and he failed to make up the lost ground, finishing last of the four runners in 10.60 seconds as fellow Brit Harry Aikines-Aryeetey won in 10.26.
“I stopped about 10m in and, if you look at it again, they didn’t and everyone else went,” Kilty said. “I thought it was a false start so it was disappointing.
“I came down here for a race and it is a disgrace really because my preparation for the Commonwealth Games has been ruined.
“Ask the others racers, no one heard the gun and I am really angry about it.”
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