Greg Rutherford completes Grand Slam of long jump titles


Greg Rutherford has stunned the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing, adding the World Championship long jump title to his illustrious collection of Olympic, European and Commonwealth gold medals. 

The 28-year-old now joins the ranks of Daley Thompson, Linford Christie, Sally Gunnell and Jonathan Edwards as the only Britons to ever hold all four titles at the same time. 

Rutherford got off to a nervy start producing a foul on his very first attempt. However, unlike his main rivals, Rutherford was able to call on his experience to settle his nerves and in the fourth-round made the second longest jump of his life.


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His winning jump of 8.41 metres was 10cm longer than his London 2012 Olympic gold medal effort, and was in the end a comfortable distance away from second place Australian Fabrice Lapierre's leap of 8.24m and the 8.18m of China's Jianan Wang who took bronze.

"I'm a bit lost for words. What an incredible night. It's been unreal," Said Rutherford.

"It's unbelievable. This was my best ever performance. The stresses this year, I can't even express to you. I can't wait to get home and see my family."

Grand Slam veteran Linford Christie reacted to Rutherford's achievements on Twitter. He wrote, "@GregJRutherford welcome to the club#all4"

A humid night in Beijing saw pre-competition favourite Jeff Henderson crumble under the pressure of the World Championship final. The American was left discouraged, not measuring a jump after making 3 consecutive fouls.

Emerging as a result of massive local support was a trio of Chinese athletes, who were proving to thrive off the buzz of the Bird's Nest Stadium. Although in the end were unable to convert the energy which resonated into a jump which would rival Rutherford's endeavour.

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Before the Championships began, Rutherford had been in an open dispute with UK Athletics arguing that the Team GB kit was lacking a presence of the Union Flag.

And with his typical patriotism, whilst performing a lap of honour Rutherford charmed the crowd with a suave waist coat covered in the red, white and blue of Great Britain.

Rutherford has erased the demons of his dismal 2008 Olympic campaign where he came an unimpressive 10th, and now has an impressive medal's collection to bask in until he is challenged at Rio 2016. 

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