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London 2012 Olympics: Chris Tomlinson hoping to win long jump gold at third time of asking

Third time lucky: Tomlinson confident of finally landing long jump's big prize

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10:53 GMT, 24 July 2012

Chris Tomlinson hopes his timing is right as he makes a third bid for Olympic glory at London 2012.

The 30-year-old long jumper has been one of Great Britain's foremost athletes for much of the past decade but has often met frustration at the major championships.

After recording a season's best of 8.26 metres at Crystal Palace earlier this month and moving up the world rankings from 12th to seventh, the joint-British record-holder feels this could be his opportunity.

Going for gold: Chris Tomlinson warms up for the Olympics at Crystal Palace

Going for gold: Chris Tomlinson warms up for the Olympics at Crystal Palace

Tomlinson, who finished fifth on his Olympic debut in 2004 but failed to make the final four years ago, said: 'My form is coming good at the right time.

'Unfortunately I had to have an operation at the back end of last year and it took a bit of time to get over that but I have had some strong competitions recently.

Leap of faith: Tomlinson lands at Crystal Palace

Leap of faith: Tomlinson lands at Crystal Palace

'I've been second and third in a couple of major Diamond Leagues.

'Nobody in long jump is really jumping out of the pit, so I have certainly got the potential to go there and do well.

'It is just a matter of timing and we will go there and see what happens.'

Tomlinson announced himself when he first broke the British record, then 8.23m, by four centimetres a decade ago. He has since pushed that mark out to 8.35m but now only shares the distinction of being the country's best after team-mate Greg Rutherford equalled him in May.

Kitted out: Tomlinson tries out his Team GB kit

Kitted out: Tomlinson tries out his Team GB kit

Tomlinson, from Middlesbrough, expects to be inspired by the chance to compete on the highest stage in front of a home crowd but is not getting carried away with the hype.

He said: 'It has been talked about for seven years now since we won the bid.
'To be walking out there and finally getting the chance to give my all, it really is going to be an incredible experience.

'You have got to take yourself back a step and realise there is still going to be a take-off board and a sand pit.

'You have just got to stay focused on that. Yes there are going to be some great experiences around the Games but I have just got to keep it nice and simple.'

Troy Deeney jailed for 10 months

Watford striker Deeney to serve 10 months in prison for Birmingham nightclub attack

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16:44 GMT, 25 June 2012

Jailed: Deeney will serve 10 months in prison

Jailed: Deeney will serve 10 months

Watford striker Troy Deeney has been jailed for 10 months for taking part in a savage attack on a group of students outside a nightclub.

Deeney was caught on CCTV as he kicked one of the victims in the head during a night out, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

The 23-year-old, who pleaded guilty to affray at an earlier hearing, was arrested shortly after the fracas, which left one man with a broken jaw and another requiring 20 stitches to a mouth wound.

Deeney, from Chelmsley Wood, West Midlands, was sentenced alongside three other men, including his younger brother Ellis Deeney, who also admitted affray.

Passing sentence, Judge David Tomlinson said CCTV footage of the incident near the Bliss Nightclub on Broad Street, Birmingham, showed that Troy Deeney and his friend Oliver Brennan played a more serious role in the disorder than the other defendants.

The 30-second video clip, which was played to the court several times, clearly showed both Troy Deeney and Brennan kicking out at the 'defenceless' students, one of whom received repeated blows to the head as he lay injured.

Although the judge accepted that none of the grievous injuries inflicted on the victims could be attributed to any particular defendant, he said the kicks to the head were an aggravating feature of the case.

Promise: The 23-year-old netted 12 times for Watford last season

Promise: The 23-year-old netted 12 times for Watford last season

The judge told the defendants: 'Three men in particular were singled out for what can only be described as a gratuitous beating.

'All four of you to a greater or lesser degree joined in but the effect of it was that these three men, who were already heavily outnumbered, became even more so as a result of what you all did.

'At least one kicked a man while he was already on the ground and very probably had already suffered a really serious injury.'

The court heard that the students were set upon after a man demanding entry to the Bliss club had a metal pole taken off him at about 2.20am on February 29.

Troy Deeney, who joined Watford from Walsall in August 2010 for an initial fee of 250,000, urged a woman sitting in the public gallery not to cry after he was sentenced.

The striker scored 12 goals for Watford last season. The club said it was fully aware of the sentencing but had no further comment to make.

Greg Rutherford equals personal best long jump

Olympic hopeful Rutherford equals personal best jump in San Diego

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11:58 GMT, 4 May 2012

Greg Rutherford equalled the British long jump record on Thursday at the OTC-Pre-Olympic Series II in San Diego.

The 25-year-old jumped 8.35 metres, beating his previous personal best by five centimetres and equalling the national mark set by Chris Tomlinson.

Personal best: Greg Rutherford

Personal best: Greg Rutherford

Rutherford tweeted: 'Not a bad day. PB in San Diego with a cheeky +2.0 (wind speed)! Feels good with a larger crowd as well.

'The OTC in San Diego is my new fav place to jump. Actually just behind Paris and Crystal Palace.'

Rutherford's next competition will be the Diamond League meet in Doha on May 11.

London 2012 Olympics: JJ Jegede jumps over 12 brides

Jumping JJ takes a leap over love in bid to fulfil his London 2012 dream

Getting married is not on JJ Jegede's mind. Olympic glory, however, is.

The east Londoner, who famously hopped over three minis last year, took a leap of love over 12 brides as he ramps up his preparations for what would be the biggest event of his life in Stratford this summer, just a stone's throw from where he was raised.

Leap of love: Team GB London 2012 hopeful JJ Jegede jumps over 12 brides

Leap of love: Team GB London 2012 hopeful JJ Jegede jumps over 12 brides

'Jumping at a competitive level is intense, but leaping over 12 brides is certainly quite a challenge,' he said.

'With this sort of training, I’m certain I’ll be ready for anything at London 2012.'

Ready, steady, go: Jegede ramps up his preparations for the summer

Ready, steady, go: Jegede ramps up his preparations for the summer

Jegede needs to improve on his personal best of 8.04metres to fulfil his Olympic dream.

The 26-year-old faces competition from Julian Reid – who represented Jamaica at the 2009 World Championships – for the final spot in Team GB's long jump trio alongside national record holder Chris Tomlinson and Greg Rutherford.

But he is no stranger to challenging adversity head on, breaking through the barriers of being raised in a tough area.

'I
was brought up in a tough neighbourhood, with a lot of crime and
violence,' Jegede, who mentors disadvantaged schoolchildren, told The Sun.

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'I could have gone down the wrong roads, like some of my friends. They were people who had talent but hated the system.

'Some got involved in drugs, went to prison. I am so thankful I found sport. It helped me do something better with my life.'

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