Spencer Matthews has won The Jump 2017. The former Made In Chelsea star beat professional athlete Louis Smith to be crowned winner of the Channel 4 reality show during a special live episode on Sunday night. Following the victory, the 27-year-old took to his Twitter page to thank fans for their support over the past few weeks. "To all those who supported me in #TheJump thank you from the bottom of my heart.. Love to all my fellow competitors too," he tweeted. "Would never have jumped as far if it wasn't for my fellow competitor's class and skill, @louissmith1989 thanks for pushing me brother."
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In the tense final, Spencer jumped a distance of 18.98metres, setting a new series record in the process. He beat show favourite Louis (18.05 metres) as well as Jason Robertson (16.35 metres) and Amy Willerton (disqualified). The previous record for the longest ski jump in the show's history was set by former EastEnders actor Sid Owen in 2016, who jumped a distance of 18.85 metres. Upon hearing the news of his win, Spencer told host Davina McCall: "I'm so happy. I did everything I could to win. Louis was always the man I wanted to beat." He later tweeted: "What an amazing experience.. Thanks @Channel4 for selecting me and @louissmith1989 for pushing me as far as I can go. HE is a REAL athlete." [sic]
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Fellow competitors were quick to congratulate Spencer, with model Amy writing: "CONGRATS SPENNNYYYY YA MAD THING!!!! #TheJump #winner @spencermatthews." [sic] Former England captain said: "Wow, what an experience The Jump has been. Huge congrats to @SpencerMatthews on winning #TheJump2017!" TOWIE star Lydia Bright teased: "Well done Puggles @SpencerMatthews so very happy for you. I hope to see you this drunk tonight." HELLO! blogger Vogue Williams tweeted: "Congratulations @SpencerMatthews well deserved."