Injury heartbreak for Rutherford

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GREG Rutherford’s Athletics World Championships dream is over after he failed to qualify for Friday’s long jump final after suffering a hamstring injury.

He tweeted from Daegu: “Words can’t describe how I currently feel. I’ve never been in better shape and my body let me down. Sadly my right hamstring went on take off.

“Thanks so much for the kind messages. Never been so close to tears over the sport before. I believed this one was mine.”

Rutherford suffered the injury on his second round jump. He stayed in the pit for several moments after jumping before getting up clutching his right hamstring.

The 24-year-old did not jump again and his first-round effort of 8.00m was not enough to see him through to the final. Fellow Brit Chris Tomlinson needed a third-round effort of 8.02m to squeeze into the final on countback.

Chris Clarke was part of the Great Britain 4x400m relay team that was also in action in the early hours of the morning. They made it through to Friday’s final as fastest losers in the heats.