Greg Rutherford biography
Greg Rutherford was a British Gold medal winner in the Men’s Long-Jump at the London 2012 Olympic games, but he had made himself known at a young age at the European Junior Championships in 2005, by becoming the junior world No.1 in the long jump, setting a national junior record of 8.14m. He was to be crowned champion at both this event and the AAA Championships at just the age of 18.
Early Life and Career
Greg Rutherford was born in Milton Keynes and attended his local athletics club when he was at school. He was also a keen footballer and had trials with Premiership football club Aston Villa.
Greg won the AAA title in 2008 with an Olympic qualifying distance of 8.20m. He also won the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace with a distance of 8.16 m. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Greg Rutherford qualified for the final in third place.
He went onto set a British record of 8.30 m on 20 August 2009 in the qualifying round of the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, improving the previous record held by Chris Tomlinson by 1 cm. However, in July 2011, Chris Tomlinson broke Rutherford’s British record with a jump of 8.35 m in Paris.
2011 was another consistent year for Greg Rautherford. He had a season’s best of 8.32m which saw him win the Samsung Diamond League in Eugene, USA. That jump placed him amongst the top in the world that year.
Greg equalled Tomlinson’s British record in May 2012 with a jump of 8.35 m at the OTC Pre-Olympic Series II event in Chula Vista, California.
At the 2012 Olympics in London, Greg Rutherford reached the final with a jump of 8.08 m, qualifying in fourth place. In the final, he took the lead in the second round with a jump of 8.21 m, improving to 8.31 m in the fourth round which proved to be the winning jump. Rutherford became the second British man to win Olympic gold in the long jump and the first to do so since Lynn Davies in 1964.
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