Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford jumped over eight metres for the tenth time this year at Sunday’s Sainsbury’s Grand Prix, but admitted he would head home from the Alexandra Stadium annoyed not to have claimed victory.
Rutherford leapt 8.04m at the prestigious IAAF Diamond League meeting, placing him fourth with winner Christian Taylor of USA going five centimetres further.
But after a year which has brought both European and Commonwealth gold, the Marshall Milton Keynes jumper admits his standards are so high that anything less than victory is hard to stomach.
“I’m not massively happy. I’m never happy unless I win,” said Rutherford. “It’s always good to get an 8m jump out, but I was lacking the consistency on the board that I’ve had all year, which was very frustrating.
“It was one of those things. If I could have got one of those on the board then I would have won it, but it wasn’t quite to be. So I’ll go away disappointed.
“I’d taken the week off and thought it would help recharge me and I’d feel much better for it, but it worked the opposite way. It was probably a mistake.
“I’ve just done two majors back to back and how you react from that is something I’ve got to learn. I’ve never been in that scenario before.
“After the Olympics I came here and struggled to run over 7.90m. I’m getting it right, it’s just frustrating, but if I’d put myself in the running for the Diamond League earlier this year then I wouldn’t have taken the week off in the run up to this.”
Rutherford plans to squeeze in another jump before his first child is due to arrive in October.
The 27-year-old admits the due date coinciding with the end of the season has been a “nice bonus” and then plans to knuckle down in pursuit of rediscovering the standards that saw him record a British record jump in April.
And Rutherford then hopes to land the world medal still missing from his bulging trophy cabinet.
“I got a big jump at the start of the year and the frustration is that I haven’t been able to replicate that,” he added. “I’ve watched that jump a lot and I’m not jumping like that at the moment, so the season will finish, I’ll take a break with the baby and it’s back to the drawing board.
“When you don’t jump your best and know there was a lot more there it becomes quite hard, but such is life, I didn’t get hurt which is always nice. I’ve had a good year for that. I’ve got one or two competitions left now and then I wait for the baby to come.”
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