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Rutherford aiming for top 10 of all time

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Greg Rutherford is determined to build on his British record-breaking jump from San Diego last week and become one of the top 10 jumpers of all time.

The Olympic long jump champion, who leapt to 8.51m in the meet in America last Thursday, is now targeting one of the longest jumps ever, reports Athletics Weekly.

"Going forward I'd love to end my career in the world all time top 10. I would see that as a massive feat," he said. "First of all I want to get over 28 feet, which I think is 8.54m, so I want to get myself over that so I can get into a relatively elite club in the world of jumping."

His current form would suggest it is possible, too. Rutherford's jump last week smashed the old British record, which he jointly held with Chris Tomlinson, by 16cm. But the 27-year-old always believed he had it in him.

"I've been waiting for a jump like that for a very long time," he revealed. "A lot of people said it was possible and I certainly did believe I could do it and still hopefully more."

It was a very successful start to the year, coming off the back of a frustrating 2013 in which he missed large parts of the season through injury.

During a Diamond League event in Paris, Rutherford ruptured his hamstring. He returned in time for the World Championships in Moscow, but with fitness levels low, he could only jump 7.87m en route to finishing eighth.

It was a massively disappointiong year which led to thoughts that he would never get back to his best: "I did worry that maybe my body wouldn't be able to do it anymore," he added.

"After something like a ruptured hamstring, for certain people that really can damage their careers, whereas it seems for me I have been quite fortunate in that it's healed well and it's given me a second lease of life."

Rutherford will be hoping that this lease of life can help him in this year's Diamond League, and then on through into the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

He's targeting the top 10 of all time, perhaps not the world record, though, which stands at a massive 8.95m.

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