Greg Rutherford pledges his support for the Commonwealth Games

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Greg Rutherford has pledged his support to the Commonwealth Games after winning gold in the final of the men's long jump competition.

Rutherford - who also claimed gold at the London Olympics two years ago and was a silver medalist in Delhi in 2010 - produced a jump of 8.20m at Hampden Park on Wednesday night to fend off competition from South African rival Zarck Visser.

The reputation and relevance of the games appear to have been called into question once again following the recent storm surrounding alleged comments made by Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt, but Rutherford certainly made no attempt to hide his own passion for the competition.

Rutherford enthusiasm

"I want to say that I love these championships, I love everything about them," the 27-year-old was quoted by The Guardian.

"People try and write off these Games. They say they are not important. Try and say that to anyone who has come here and won a medal, or who has come here and competed.

"These are hugely important for loads of athletes at different levels. And long may it continue. As long as we have crowds like this, in stadiums like this, I think it is going to be a winner for a long time."

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Fighting back from adversity

By his own admission, Rutherford's career had been subject to considerable doubts in the aftermath of the Olympics but the Milton Keynes-native - who did not reach the final of the World Championships last year in Moscow - deserves immense credit for fighting back to medal at a major event once again.

“Last year I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to carry on jumping,” he continued.

"And I have come here and won another medal, which is what it is all about for me. I am over the moon. A lot of people had written me off. They thought I was a one-hit wonder but I am here to prove that I can still do it and I will do it many more times.”

Wednesday proved to be a hugely successful day overall for Team England, who remain top of the medals table. 

As well as Rutherford's success and a surprise bronze for Jessica Taylor in the heptathlon, there was domination in the Gymnastics events for the likes of Max Whitlock and Claudia Fragapane and the trio of Jack Laugher, Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree all won gold in the diving pool.

Day eight has also progressed well so far, with Fragapane and Whitlock collecting further accolades and Alex Dowsett winning gold in the men's time trial.

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