GREG Rutherford was fighting back the tears when he was presented with his Olympic gold medal on Sunday evening, bringing an incredible 48 hours to an end for the long jump champion.
Having qualified through to the Olympic final on Friday night with a best of 8.08m, Rutherford then blew the rest of the field away in windy conditions on Saturday night.
Whilte most of the others around him struggled just to get over eight metres, the man from Milton Keynes produced a massive leap of 8.31m to win gold and complete years of hard work and dedication.
With the long jump final coming so late on Saturday night, Rutherford had to wait to enjoy his medal ceremony until the Olympic Stadium was full again on Sunday evening.
Then, after receiving his gold medal and hearing the national anthem played, the 25-year-old admitted he was close to tears, especially having hardly slept the night before.
“I couldn’t get the words. I tried to mumble some but the urge to burst out crying was very strong,” he said.
“I gave it everything I had not to cry. That was amazing. Thank you so much everyone.”