Long jumper Greg Rutherford claims another gold

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Photo Credit Dan Mumford
JUMPING: Greg Rutherford

BRITISH long jumper Greg Rutherford has once again proved his worth as he added the World gold medal to his Olympic, European and Commonwealth titles.

Only four other Britons – Linford Christie, Jonathan Edwards, Sally Gunnell and Daley Thompson – have ever held these four titles at the same time.

He is the first Briton to win any long jump medal at a World Championships, although earlier in the day, he had felt so ill that he thought of dropping out of the competition. Happily, he recovered enough to produce the second longest jump of his life.

Rutherford, 28, celebrated with a wild shout and later with tears as his fourth-round jump of 8.41 metres saw him finish well clear of his nearest rivals.

“I’m a bit lost for words. What an incredible night. It’s been unreal,” Rutherford told BBC Sport.

“It’s unbelievable. This was my best ever performance. The stresses this year, I can’t even express to you. I can’t wait to get home and see my family.”

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