Golden Greg wants to complete the set

Greg Rutherford
Greg Rutherford

Greg Rutherford is a man who seemingly has everything, but the long jumper admits he won’t be content until he has his hands on the world title – something he hopes to rectify this summer.

Since playing his part in Super Saturday at London 2012 by becoming Olympic champion along with Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah, life has been kind to Rutherford.

European and Commonwealth Games gold followed last year as did sole ownership of the all-time British record when he leapt 8.51m in California in April.

Away from the long jump too there has been plenty for the 28-year-old to celebrate as he became a father for the first time in October, and has also started his own burgeoning clothing brand.

And on Saturday, he recorded an indoor personal best of 8.21m to win the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham.

The one blip during this time was the 2013 World Championships where he failed to reach the final, an all-too familiar story having done so in 2011 and 2007, while he finished fifth six years ago.

But Rutherford insists he is more ready than ever to change his World Championship fortunes this summer when the event moves to Beijing.

“We had a pretty good year last year so we are hoping to have another good year this year,” said Rutherford, who was speaking to promote Sainsbury’s long-term support of British Athletics from grassroots to elite level. “That’s the aim and if I can do that then it will be great.

“I have to add that world title to the other ones. I have not had particularly good times at the few World Championships I have been to so I am hopefully going to rectify that this year.

“It has been a strange one with the World Championships for me. I didn’t have a bad one in 2009 but things in the final didn’t go too well. I had managed to break the British record the day before but I just couldn’t get it together.

“And then every other World Championships something has gone wrong, either an injury or an illness.

“It has been really hard to take. I definitely felt in 2011 that I had a great chance of winning, if not winning a medal, but that pesky hamstring came and did me in qualification.

“So it is the last one to get and it is one I am very keen to get hold of. There is no better way of setting myself up to defend my Olympic title next year by winning the world title first.”

Rutherford hadn’t competed in 2015 until Saturday’s Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix, but with his last jump of the competition, leapt 8.21m to beat Chinese Gao Xinglong to win gold.

The jump was Rutherford’s PB for indoor competition, and was his first event since the birth of his son Milo.

“I’ll have to remind him that on my second jump, everyone went quiet except him screaming!” said Rutherford afterwards.

“Training has been pretty good this year. We had our son back in October so sleep has been slightly broken but it’s not been a problem at all,” he added.

“I have bulked up more this year so things are a little different to what they have been in previous years.

“I felt really good all day. I’m over the moon. We’ve done one runway session and one jumping session to get myself fit, and it has worked it seems.”

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