Tuesday 23 May 2017

Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews soars to The Jump title

Spencer Matthews has won The Jump
Spencer Matthews has won The Jump

Spencer Matthews has been crowned champion of winter sports show The Jump.

The reality TV star managed to jump a distance of 18.98m, narrowly beating Olympic gymnast Louis Smith - the bookies' favourite - to the coveted Cowbell Trophy.

"Amazing, I'm so happy!" he shouted, as he cracked open a bottle of bubbly while his fellow contestants cheered and congratulated him.

The Made In Chelsea star, 27, had been in competition with Smith as the two emerged as frontrunners.

Smith said Matthews's jump was "incredible".

Seven celebrities had made it to the grand final but fell one by one as the group were challenged to a fierce snow cross race and the ultimate ski cross.

Journalist and TV presenter Emma Parker Bowles, Paralympian Kadeena Cox and reality star Lydia Bright - who was brought in to replace Gareth Thomas after he pulled out for "personal reasons" - were eliminated prior to the final jump.

Matthews was up against model Amy Willerton, rugby player Jason Robinson and Smith in the final leg of the gruelling contest.

Robinson managed to jump 16.35m but Willerton fell before the crash line, meaning she racked up a no jump.

While she did not win, the model said she was thrilled to have made it further than any of the other female contestants in the competition.

Smith appeared to have the title sewn up when he entered a final jump of 18.05m but it was soon eclipsed by Matthews's massive leap.

There were no injuries in the final round of the show, which is known for its contestants suffering accidents.

Including Thomas, four celebrities withdrew from this year's series. Model Caprice suffered an illness, Olympian Sir Bradley Wiggins broke his leg and Vogue Williams pulled out before an episode even aired after injuring her knee during training.

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