Rutherford fails to make World Championship finals

Greg Rutherford. Pic: Tom Blackman
Greg Rutherford. Pic: Tom Blackman

Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford has failed to make the long jump final in the World Championships in Moscow.

In the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday morning, Rutherford failed to improve on his first jump of 7.87m, but needed 8.10m to qualify for Friday’s final.

The 26-year-old from Milton Keynes was touch and go on whether he’d even make the competition after pulling a hamstring at the Diamond League meeting in Paris in July.

Selectors delayed naming Great Britain’s long jump competitor for as long as possible to give Rutherford the most time to regain fitness in time for the competition.

However, in failing to make the final, Rutherford admitted he wasn’t in as good a shape as he thought.

Speaking afterwards, Rutherford said: “Sadly I felt better than I was. It wasn’t good enough.

“The season wasn’t going too badly up until Paris, when I ruptured a hamstring.

“I broke all the rules, really, in rehabbing quicker than I think anybody has in history from a ruptured hamstring.

“Training has been going really well and I woke up today and thought, ‘This is going to be good day’.

“But I knew after the final jump when I saw 7.87m come up that it wouldn’t be enough and, even if it was enough, it’s not really competitive. So I knew straight away.

“It’s just a bad day for me, I tried my hardest to make it work, but for whatever reason I just couldn’t time it properly.

“Initially when the injury happened, I said ‘no chance’. When they scanned it they said, ‘You’ve got a pretty serious injury here’. After five weeks, I’m not sure I should even be running, let alone jumping.

“But two weeks later I took a fitness test and it looked great. I took the decision myself and UK Athletics have been great.”