Tomlinson misses out in World long jump final
Newham & Essex Beagle's Chris Tomlinson endured the agony of failure and injury this afternoon as he finished 11th in the World Athletics Championships long jump final.
Tomlinson was hampered by a knee injury and failed to make it through to the second round of the competition in Daegu after producing a best jump of 7.87m.
That was well below his best of 8.35m this season and the 29-year-old was left hugely disappointed.
He said: "With my knee I just couldn't take off today. I'm just not good enough to win these sort of competitions when I'm injured. It's a car crash.
"I've been in great shape. I know I'm in great shape and the body just let me down. It's an intense sport and the way I feel at the moment I wish I was a plasterer or something like that, but this is the career that I have chosen. I'm pretty devastated I'm not out there."
The event was won by American Dwight Phillips with a leap of 8.45m, with Australia's Mitchell Watt second.
It came on a poor day for Great Britain, with medal hopes Goldie Sayers missing out in the javelin final and Jenny Meadows failing to qualify for the 800m final.
However, Hackney's Phillips Idowu is through to the triple jump final.