By Glen Andrews, World-Track
LONDON — British ace Chris Tomlinson believes he can come good when it matters and win a medal at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin later this summer.
The 27-year-old is determined to climb up the rankings and add a major outdoor medal to his haul, following his silver at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Valencia last year.
He is also looking to better his national long jump record at next month’s Aviva World Trials & UK Championships in Birmingham.
"It’s very important to win the trials and get on the plane for the World Championships," said Tomlinson.
"I went into the (Olympic) trials last year but I had a hard time through injury. That lasted for a number of months and I was injured for the indoor season this year as well but now I’m feeling pretty good and things are going well."
With that in mind though, Tomlinson knows that the likes of former and current Olympic and world champions USA’s Dwight Phillips and Irving Saladino of Panama who both laid down some impressive marks already this season, will not make it a very difficult challenge.
"A few weeks ago, I would have been right in there," said Tomlinson. "Now a couple of guys have gone 8.60-8.70 metres.
"That’s big, big, big jumping. I’ve certainly got the potential this year to go 8.40-8.50 metres but it’s a matter of me actively doing it now competitively. I’ve basically got to break the British record.
"I’ve been going eight metres without hitting the board and I’ve got to be looking to improve that significantly."