Rutherford forced to pull out of World Championship trials

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BLETCHLEY long-jumper Greg Rutherford will miss this weekend’s UK Trials and Championships in Birmingham after picking up an injury in training.

The 24-year-old insists the injury is only minor and that he’ll be back in time to compete at the Aviva London Grand Prix in Crystal Palace in early August – the last chance for British athletes to reach the required standards to make the World Championships.

However, Rutherford admitted that he’s extremely disappointed to miss the chance to confirm his qualification for this year’s Championships in South Korea, and the opportunity to get his British record back from rival Chris Tomlinson.

Tomlinson broke Rutherford’s record by five centimetres with a jump of 8.35m in the Diamond League meeting in Paris this month – where Rutherford jumped 8.27m – but will also miss the trials through injury.

The pair will now be hoping two of their domestic rivals do not achieve the qualifying standard requited to make the GB team for Daegu. UK Athletics regulations state that the top two in the trials will be selected for the World Championships if they achieve the ‘A’ standard within the qualifying period, which ends on 7 August.

That would leave Rutherford and Tomlinson competing for the one remaining place on the British team, but with the ‘A’ standard for the long jump set at a demanding 8.20 metres, Rutherford should be able to breathe easy. The next best British competitor is Julian Reid with 8.08m.