Athletics: Olympic hero recovers for World Championships

Olympic long jumping champ Greg Rutherford

Share this story

Claim your Bonus
Get 100% up to SGD100 Bonus on your First Deposit

Olympic long jumping champ Greg Rutherford recovered from a hamstring injury in time to be selected for World Championships in Moscow next month.

The Milton Keynes athlete was an injury concern ahead of the major event, which gets underway on August 10, having not featured in a competition since July 6 when he pulled his right hamstring in the Diamond League meeting in Paris.

Rutherford has since been in recovery and was given extra time to get himself fit, after not being named in the original Great Britain squad for the world championships which was announced two weeks ago.

UK Athletics performance director Neil Black has been impressed with the 26-year-old?s ability to recover in time and feels the London 2012 gold medal winner is capable of doing something special in Russia.

Black said: “Greg has shown a remarkable level of recovery.

“Following the fitness tests and his record of being able to produce a quality performance off minimal build-up, I am pleased to confirm his place in the GB & NI team.

“He’ll continue to work closely with the support staff to maximise every additional moment in between now and 14 August.”

Rutherford has not been able to hit the form that earned him the gold medal in London so far this year having failed to achieve the ‘A’ standard 8.25m.

However Black clearly has faith in the talented jumper, who is now looking to add the world championship crown to his list of achievements.

Leave a comment