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SAND PITS; ATHLETICS: WORLD CHAMPS Greg blasted by angry GB rival after long jump flop.

Byline: From Alex Spink in Moscow

OLYMPIC champ Greg Rutherford found himself in the eye of a sand storm after falling short of the world long jump final.

Rutherford was controversially selected for Moscow ahead of British rival Chris Tomlinson despite not having competed for more than a month due to a ruptured hamstring.

At the time, Tomlinson, with whom he shares the national record, railed against what he saw as an injustice, insisting he was in "better current form and 100 per cent fit and ready".

Yesterday, when Rutherford failed to make the top 12 in a qualifying competition won by a leap well short of his personal best, Tomlinson couldn't contain his fury any longer.

The British champion tweeted: "Words can't describe my anger. Season ruined on media profile and not current form."

Tomlinson later deleted his tweet, acknowledging he would "regret it when my blood pressure settles" but not before Rutherford fired back with a defiant response. He said: "Chris is obviously going to be upset but there's nothing I can do about that.

"I'm not too concerned about tweets and whatever else. I'm still British No.1 as it stands and still jumped further multiple times than him this year.

"I've beaten him every time apart from when I got hurt.

"I think in any event, if you're looking at somebody better who's failed the distance to automatically qualify but won more head-to-heads and has a major title behind them, it's a no-brainer."

Whether Rutherford was better equipped for these championships is open to doubt.

He might, as he said, have "done something incredible" by returning to competition just five weeks after splitting his hamstring in half.

But he was a shadow of the athlete who lit up the Olympic Stadium with that 8.31 metres winning leap on Super Saturday. His best yesterday - 7.87m - was his worst of the year.

Better is expected this evening from Perri Shakes-Drayton, second fastest into the final of the 400m hurdles, and leading qualifier Robbie Grabarz in the high jump.

A big day for them but an even more important one for Jessica Judd, who competes in the 800m at her first senior championships as her A level results come out.

The 18-year-old, who needs two As and a B to study biochemistry at Bath, said: "My mum's going to go and pick them up - I wrote a letter giving her permission to get them.

"But I've told her not to open the envelope. I don't think I could cope. If I open it, I can break the news gently if it's bad."

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