Rutherford on track for Olympic place

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GREG Rutherford has all but confirmed his place at the London Olympics this summer after jumping the qualification A-Standard in his first competitive outing of the season.

The 25-year-old Marshall Milton Keynes AC star is currently warm-weather training in the USA and leaped a fantastic 8.20m in the long jump at an invitational meeting in California.

His personal best is 8.30m, but unless two others achieve the A-Standard before the qualification window closes after the Olympic Trials, then Rutherford’s place at his second Games is secure.

Also in the USA but at a different event, Chris Clarke won both the 200 and 400m races to improve his chances of earning an individual spot for London.

The 22-year-old should be guaranteed a place in the 400m relay team at least, and his 20.65s in the 200 was the B-Standard for an individual place.

Clarke won the 400m in 46.41s – short of the A-Standard time of 45.30s which as yet only Martin Rooney has achieved. The B-Standard is 45.90s which he is capable of making, having clocked 45.61s last year, but it could all come down to the Trials for him.

Elsewhere, disabled club thrower Tom Green will represent Great Britain at the forthcoming European Championships in the Netherlands from June.