Glasgow 2014: Chris Tomlinson proud to focus on Commonwealths

Chris Tomlinson
Glasgow 2014 will be Tomlinson's fourth Commonwealth Games

Middlesbrough long jumper Chris Tomlinson says the Commonwealth Games in July have more of a personal resonance than the European Championships which follow in August.

Tomlinson, 32, was named in the England squad for the Glasgow games, the fourth Commonwealths of his career.

He also has the European Championships qualifying standard for Zurich 2014.external-link

"I jump with my heart, therefore the Commonwealths is my focus," Tomlinson told BBC Tees.

"For me it's the bigger competition because it means more.

"The Commonwealth Games in the athletics world isn't a competition that is massively recognised, which is a shame.

"British Athletics is recognising the European Championships this summer as the competition they want to see athletes do well in."

It is 12 years since Tomlinson made his Commonwealth bow in the then-named City of Manchester Stadium - a home games.

Trips to Melbourne and Delhi followed but Glasgow has, in Tomlinson's eyes at least, the feeling of a domestic games despite the fact he will represent England not Great Britain in Scotland next month.

"The crowd really got behind us there in Manchester, it was an amazing experience," he continued.

"I'm sure the Scottish crowd will really get behind the British athletes. I would expect the stadium to be full most of the days for the athletics."