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Tomlinson takes an early lead

30 July 2002

The men's long jump qualification saw success for England's Chris Tomlinson earlier at the City of Manchester Stadium

Chris Tomlinson

Chris qualifies with furthest distance

The qualification standard of 7.90m was no challenge for long jumper Chris Tomlinson. The English athlete gained a distance of 7.97m which eased him through his qualifying group, and also the honour of being the best qualifier overall.

Heat A also saw success for the Bahama's Osbourne Moxey with a distance of 7.92m.

Scotland's Darren Ritchie failed to reach the instant qualifying distance but went through with his 7.77m jump. Jonathon Chimier of Mauritius claimed fourth place with his season's best of 7.75m.

Group B saw Jamaican James Beckford beat the qualification standard with his 7.91m jump.

Second place went to Kareem Streete-Thompson of the Cayman Islands. He gained a distance of 7.80m. England's Nathan Morgan came third in 7.77m.

The Cook Islands' Harmon Harmon and Kiribati's Karibataake Katimiri failed to qualify but both gained their season's best distances.

The men's long jump final takes place tonight at the City of Manchester Stadium.

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