Greg Rutherford won a bronze medal for Team GB.

Greg Rutherford emotional in interview after Olympic bronze medal

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Emotions were running high in Rio de Janeiro last night as more medals were up for grabs during the track and field events.

Mo Farah took home gold and Jessica Ennis-Hill won a silver for Team GB, but for Greg Rutherford, it was an emotional night for different reasons.

The long-jumper, who won gold back in London 2012, did add to his Olympics medal collection by finishing third this time around, but whilst speaking to the BBC after the competition, he was clearly disappointed at himself for only taking home a bronze.


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Rutherford was the man to beat in the long jump following his achievements four years ago, but he had to settle for third this time around as Jeff Henderson from the United States won the gold, and Luvo Manyonga of South Africa claimed the silver.

It was nearly an Olympics to forget for Rutherford as he only just managed to get into the final in the first place.

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During the heats, the Brit only registered one jump out of three, but luckily for him, it was enough to see him through. He finished 10th with a jump of 7.90m, with only the top 12 making it to the final.

It was a much better performance from Rutherford in the final, and his jump of 8.29m was enough to see him win bronze, but it was clear after the competition that it wasn't the medal he wanted.

Whilst speaking to the BBC, Rutherford fought back the tears and revealed how annoyed he was that he couldn't retain his title.

During the interview he needed time to compose himself, but after being reassured by the interviewer, he continued and expressed his feelings at the third-placed finish.

Henderson's jump of 8.38m won the gold, whilst Manyonga jumped 8.37m for the silver.

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