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Leaping back to form.

Teesside long jump ace Chris Tomlinson has sent out a loud "I'm back" message with an enormous jump in Germany.

And the timely leap signals Tomlinson is edging back to his best just as the European Championship trials loom.

After battling back from an injury-dogged 2005 season, the British record-holder has set himself up perfectly for an intriguing contest at next week's Norwich Union European trials in Manchester.

Tomlinson, from Nunthorpe, signalled his return with an impressive eight metres nine centimetres leap in Bad Langensalza, Germany, yesterday.

That moved him straight to equal top of this year's UK long jump rankings alongside Greg Rutherford.

The former Olympic finalist, determined to regain world class status after a frustrating season sidelined by a string of injuries, finished third behind Jamaica's James Beckford, who recorded 8.25m, and Botswana's Gable Garenamotse, who reached 8.19m.

His coach Peter Stanley, who previously guided the career of Gateshead's world triple jump record-holder Jonathan Edwards, believes Tomlinson is now on the mend and will soon be ready to approach his 8.27m national record.

"He's looking good and feeling very good as well. His confidence is high," said Stanley.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 10, 2006
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