THE name Greg Rutherford will go down in British sporting history, and the man from Milton Keynes said winning Olympic long jump gold was the best feeling in the world.
A jump of 8.31m was good enough for the 25-year-old to finish top of the pile and well clear of his rivals from the USA and Australia.
That was four centimetres short of his personal best and joint national record, but it didn’t matter as Rutherford joined Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah in winning gold on an unprecedented and historic night for British athletics and sport as a whole.
Rutherford said: “I’ll never get bored of hearing that I’m Olympic champion. This is the best feeling in the world.
“I didn’t even jump as far as I wanted to, but I don’t care – I’m Olympic champion.
“I didn’t cope very well with the final four years ago just after my grandfather died, but I’ve got the best team in the world behind me now.
“I’ve got the best parents in the world and a beautiful girlfriend. Yes life is pretty good at the moment!
“This is what I’ve been dreaming of. This is why I became an athlete – to win Olympic gold. It’s my dream come true and I’ve got to do it in London!”