Rutherford passes fitness test to make World Championship squad

Greg Rutherford
Greg Rutherford

Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford will jump in the World Championships in Russia after overcoming a hamstring injury.

The 26-year-old was a doubt for the World Championships in Moscow after he pulled the muscle in his leg at the Diamond League meeting in Paris earlier this month.

Rutherford’s injury forced him out of the Anniversary Games last weekend, and prompted British Athletics to delay the naming of their sole long jump competitor until the 11th hour.

But the man from Milton Keynes passed a fitness test and will travel to Russia to meet up with the rest of the Great British team,

“Greg has shown a remarkable level of recovery,” UK Athletics performance director Neil Black said.

“Following the fitness tests and his record of being able to produce a quality performance off minimal build-up, I am pleased to confirm his place in the GB & NI team.

“He’ll continue to work closely with the support staff to maximise every additional moment in between now and August 14.”