I’ve got 32,000 new followers on Twitter – Olympic champion Greg Rutherford

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JUST in case he didn’t realise the impact of his gold medal winning performance at the time, Greg Rutherford certainly did when he picked up his phone afterwards.

The Milton Keynes long jumper was already one of the most popular sportsmen in the country with his athletics team mates, but now everyone in Great Britain knows who he is.

After winning gold with a leap of 8.31m in front of 80,000 screaming fans, Rutherford retired back to his Olympic Village bedroom to see that his exploits had earned him an incredible 32,000 new followers on Twitter, taking his total to over 48,000.

During an emotional and memorable night – that saw the 25-year-old get barely any sleep – he tweeted: “OK so when I went on my tweet ban I thought ‘wouldn’t it be nice to come back as Olympic champion...’ What a feeling!!

“And I have 32,000 new followers! I didn’t expect that. Welcome everyone

“I can’t keep up with all the amazing tweets! You guys are incredible! Thank you all so very much! Surprisingly I can’t sleep...

“I’m going to try and sleep. Thanks again everyone. I do hope once I wake up I’m still Olympic Champion! :) You’re all amazing, thank you.

“Just to let you all know. I get the medal tomorrow :) I will cry...”