Greg wants Moscow gold

Pic by Tom Blackman
Pic by Tom Blackman
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Olympic long jump gold medalist Greg Rutherford thinks he is almost back to full strength ahead of the World Championships next month.

Since winning gold in London last year, Rutherford has been hampered by a knee injury, forcing him on to the sidelines.

However, he bounced back to form on Sunday, jumping 8.11m in Birmingham in the Diamond League meeting - a jump good enough for second place.

He also jumped 8.05m in his fourth attempt, which would have also been good enough for second place.

Russia’s Aleksandr Menkov won the meeting, jumping 8.27m, while Great Britain’s Chris Tomlinson came third with a jump of 7.97m.

The result also sees Rutherford climb to third in the Diamond League standings.

And after Sunday’s result, Rutherford, from Milton Keynes, is aiming to take World Championship gold in Moscow.

“I’ve been carrying a knee injury all year and I’ve been dealing with that and managing it,” said Rutherford. “I’m not where I’d love to be but I’m competitive, I’m still here and and I’m aiming to jump well.

“I’m going out to perform at the highest level and I’m looking to win. I’ll be giving it everything.

“By the time the worlds are here I fully expect to be fighting fit, 100 per cent, and winning that title.

“Hopefully the knee issue will clear up and I’ll be jumping decent distances again.”

The World Championships begin on Saturday,August 10.