GREG Rutherford has booked his place in the Olympic long-jump final after an impressive display in Friday night’s qualifying round.
The 25-year-old jumped 8.08m and 8.06m in the Olympic Stadium – the first of those leaps particularly encouraging with the man from Bletchley having plenty to spare on the take-off board going into a fairly strong headwind.
The automatic qualifying distance was 8.10m, but with only two athletes reaching that, Rutherford and national rival Chris Tomlinson comfortably booked their places in Saturday’s final.
Brazilian Mauro Vinicius Da Silva and Marquise Goodwin of the USA topped the table with jumps of 8.11m, with Rutherford in third place and Tomlinson fourth with a best of 8.06m.
Only six athletes jumped over eight metres and reigning Olympic champion Irving Saladino failed to qualify for the final.