Greg Rutherford out of Anniversary Games

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Greg Rutherford has pulled out of the Anniversary Games in London next weekend, due to an injury to his hamstring.

The Olympic long jump champion will miss the three-day event at the Olympic Stadium, which will mark a year since the London 2012 games.

It was at last year’s games that the English athlete shot to stardom, winning gold on the same day as heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and long-distance runner Mo Farah, on Britain’s most successful day in the track and field events last year.

But he still has a good chance of being fit in time for the World Championships in Moscow in August, so long as he can prove his fitness by July 30, and he was quoted as saying: “I’m working as hard as I can.”

He remains confident, despite not being named in Team GB’s list of athletes for the Championships, and British Athletics performance director Neil Black will decide whether to take the 26-year-old, or Chris Tomlinson in his place.


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