Updated: 04/08/2012 23:12 | By pa.press.net

Rutherford claims long jump gold



Greg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the evening

Greg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the evening

Long jumper Greg Rutherford has added to Team GB's medal hall as he became the first British man to jump to gold for nearly 50 years.

The Milton Keynes born athlete delighted home crowds with a 8.31 metre jump to take gold in the Olympic Stadium.

His win in the long jump kept the feelgood mood going, coming just minutes after the stadium erupted with noise following Jessica Ennis's heptathlon gold.

The 25-year-old beamed for the cameras as he held the Union Flag aloft and hugged his trainers in the stand.

Other than Ennis, Rutherford was the only British athlete to lead world rankings in his event this year but had largely slipped under the radar.

Britain has not won gold in the men's long jump since Lynn Davies's win in 1964 and the long jump was regarded as one of the most open events in the track and field programme.

The joint UK record holder has had to overcome injury en route to his gold medal win, most recently a hamstring tear during last year's World Championships qualifying round in Daegu.

At the time he said he had never felt lower as injury halted the best form of his life.

11Comments
04/08/2012 22:50
05/08/2012 00:03
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Well,after the magnificent show we have had this Saturday thanks to team GB do we REALLY want to watch a bunch of (vastly) overpaid prima donnas kicking a ball about,when they're not falling over like poleaxed deer that is,believing that football is really the pinnacle of sporting excellence?
04/08/2012 22:45
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Well done Greg you have done us all proud
04/08/2012 23:09
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WELL DONE! SO  DESERVED  ,XXXXX

 

 

04/08/2012 23:25
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OMG so very well deserved, makes you very proud of our athletes, they are British and they are Great.
05/08/2012 04:18
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GREAT PERFORMANCE, AT A GREAT EVENT, IN GREAT BRITAIN BY A MEMBER OF THE TEAM G. B.

 

YOUR  PERSONAL EFFORT IS APPRECIATED BY THE BRITISH PUBLIC, WELL DONE MATE..

 

04/08/2012 23:22
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Greg you have done us all proud along with every single one of the medal winners. This years sports personality should go to every one of you
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Well done Greg, but it is a pity that the Long Jump field officials were not up to the mark at this prestigious of occasions. Firstly we had the ridiculous situation of a clear indication by Will Claye that he did not want his 5th round jump measured by a) putting his left then his right foot behind his mark as he exited the pit and then b) made it even clearer by walking back through the pit. The take-off board judge then indicated a valid jump by raising the white flag when it should have been a red. We then had the same official raise the red flag in mistake when he should have raised the white for another jump. Had the simple rule of White for Right For Right i.e. that one holds the white flag in the right hand and the red flag in the left, this problem should not have arisen. Finally, Chris Tomlinson should have been told prior to his jump that proceedings were being halted in order that the starter could have quiet in the stadium while he started the 10,000m. It was only when CT was complaining, that the referee (DW - no full name, but those in the know, know who I mean) for that event went to explain the hold up. 
04/08/2012 23:36
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Our surprise just shows how little the general public know or care about long jump. He was the leading jumper in the world going into the competition and should have been favourite to win.. but as he isn't as pretty as Ennis nobody cared.
05/08/2012 09:36
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congratulations on your wonderful achievement on such a prestigious night!


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Rutherford claims long jump goldLong jumper Greg Rutherford has added to Team GB's medal hall as he became the first British man to jump to gold for nearly 50 years.pa.press.net2012-08-04T23:12:282012-08-04T23:12:28Greg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningLong jumper Greg Rutherford has added to Team GB's medal hall as he became the first British man to jump to gold for nearly 50 years.The Milton Keynes born athlete delighted home crowds with a 8.31 metre jump to take gold in the Olympic Stadium.His win in the long jump kept the feelgood mood going, coming just minutes after the stadium erupted with noise following Jessica Ennis's heptathlon gold.The 25-year-old beamed for the cameras as he held the Union Flag aloft and hugged his trainers in the stand.Other than Ennis, Rutherford was the only British athlete to lead world rankings in his event this year but had largely slipped under the radar.Britain has not won gold in the men's long jump since Lynn Davies's win in 1964 and the long jump was regarded as one of the most open events in the track and field programme.The joint UK record holder has had to overcome injury en route to his gold medal win, most recently a hamstring tear during last year's World Championships qualifying round in Daegu.At the time he said he had never felt lower as injury halted the best form of his life.seo_keywordsOLY Athletics Rutherford Sa21Greg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the eveningGreg Rutherford landed Great Britain's second athletics gold medal of the evening

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