Greg adds European gold to his collection

Greg Rutherford
Greg Rutherford

Greg Rutherford has added to his Olympic and Commonwealth winners medals with gold at the European Championships.

Conditions were perfect for the man from Milton Keynes as he looked in imperious form, jumping 8.27m in the second round and 8.29m in the fourth to lift the title in Zurich, Switzerland.

“There’s a real sense of relief after seeing how well the rest of the British team were performing, I felt I had to go out there and win it!” he said. “I’m over the moon. I had a slight tightening in the hamstring in the fourth round, and would only jump again if I had to.

“Fortunately, I didn’t, and I can add another title, so I’m absolutely over the moon.”

With Olympic, Commonwealth and European titles now around Rutherford’s neck, he is eyeing up the World Championship crown, which Rutherford will compete for in Beijing, China, in 2015 to complete the set, and maybe call it quits.

He said: “I’ve got a couple more attempts at the Worlds, with Rio in between.

“If I can win there, complete the set and maybe retain my Olympic title, maybe it’ll be time to hang up the spikes!”