Greg Rutherford: No rest for an Olympic gold medallist

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He may have reached the pinnacle of his sport at the weekend, but Greg Rutherford is still determined to win more competitions and jump even further before the season is out.

The Olympic long jump champion is enjoying the remaining few days of London 2012 in the athletes’ village, but is already thinking about his next big jumps, including a Diamond League meeting in Birmingham on Sunday, August 26.

“It has hit me. My Olympics is done and I’ve won the gold I have wanted all my life,” said Rutherford. “But I want to jump further and run faster. I’ve got a competition in Austria on the 20th and I know I’m going to Brussels in early September.

“And we’ve also got the Diamond League in Birmingham which will be a nice homecoming event for the Olympic athletes.”

This season is turning out to be Rutherford’s best yet – not only has he won Olympic gold but he’s also recorded the biggest jumps of his life.

His 8.31m gold medal winning leap in the Olympic Stadium was four centimetres short of his personal best and joint British record of 8.35m set early this year, and the 25-year-old says he is still setting his sights as far as 8.50m.