TOMLINSON Chris < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 15 Sep 1981 in Middlesbrough, ENG
Height1.96 m
Weight 84 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife, Lucia and son, Raphael.
Residence London, ENG
Occupation Athlete, Personal Trainer
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began the sport at Middlesborough Athletics Club.
Why this sport? He originally did the 100m and 200m but changed after breaking his school's long jump and triple jump records.
Club / Team Newham and Essex Beagles: London, ENG
Name of coach Frank Attoh
Training Regime "It varies dramatically depending on whether I'm in heavy training, or if I'm taking things a bit easy in the build up to a competition. Conditioning training will be two sessions a day, 10 or 11 sessions a week, split between the gym and the track. But when I move into competition phase it's quality as opposed to quantity, all about making sure I don't put in my best performances on the training track. I want to be fresh."
International Debut
Tournament European Cup
General Interest
Nicknames Tomo. (skysports.com, 02 Sep 2011)
Hobbies Golf. (guardian.co.uk, 11 Aug 2011)
Most influential person in career His father, and Brazilian long jumper Jadel Gregorio. (Athlete, guardian.co.uk, 31 Jul 2008)
Injuries A knee injury hampered his performance at the 2011 World Championships.

He withdrew from the 2009 European indoor championships due to an achilles problem. (metro.co.uk, 03 Mar 2009)

He suffered from a tear in his right calf muscle and withdrew from the 2008 London Grand Prix in Crystal Palace, England. He recovered in time for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing but failed to make the final of the competition. (guardian.co.uk, 11 Aug 2011)

He tore his abductor muscle and had a serious hernia problem in early 2005. (melbourne2006.com, 22 Aug 2007)

He broke both wrists during a weightlifting session in 2002. (guardian.co.uk, 11 Aug 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Don't think you're marvellous, you're just a guy who jumps in dirt." (guardian.co.uk, 31 Jul 2008)
Awards and honours In April 2002 he broke the longest-standing British athletics record at the time, the men's long jump. He jumped 8.27m in Tallahassee, Florida, to beat Lynn Davis' record set in 1968. (UK Athletics, 15 Apr 2002)
Famous relatives His wife, Lucia, is an actress who has appeared in Buddy Holly, a West End musical about the famed singer. (bbc.co.uk, 08 Jun 2012)
Ambitions To become an Olympic champion in London in 2012. (tomlinsonlongjump.com, 24 Jan 2010)
Other information PERSONAL TRAINING
He offers a personal training service and is qualified to coach in all aspects of health and fitness, from weight loss and healthy eating to training for an event. (tomlinsonlongjump.com, 14 Jan 2010)

UPS AND DOWNS
Despite having broken the British record a number of times and won medals at international events, he still feels fans have not seen the best of him. "My career's been a rollercoaster ride. I've got a world indoor silver and a European bronze medal and I've been to two Olympics, but in the lead-up to the last Olympics and last year's world championships in Daegu, I was injured. If I can stay in one piece then I can maybe fulfil my potential - that's what I really want." (metro.co.uk, 22 May 2012)