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Greg Rutherford wins World Championships long jump gold

2015-08-25 16:32:18

Greg Rutherford

Britain's Greg Rutherford has won long jump gold at the World Championships in Beijing to claim all four major titles.

The 28-year-old's 8.41m leap sees him become only the fifth Briton to hold Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth titles simultaneously.

Only Sally Gunnell, Daley Thompson, Linford Christie and Jonathan Edwards have previously achieved the feat.

"I'm a bit lost for words. What an incredible night. It's been unreal," Rutherford told BBC Sport.

"It's unbelievable. This was my best ever performance. The stresses this year, I can't even express to you. I can't wait to get home and see my family."

Rutherford's second-best jump of his career was 17cm better than second-placed Australian Fabrice Lapierre.

China's Jianan Wang, 18, secured bronze with a distance of 8.18m.

Jeff Henderson is the only man to have surpassed Rutherford's 8.41m this year, but the American was eliminated after three rounds, registering just one legitimate jump.

That removed Rutherford's main rival, and after setting the winning distance in his fourth attempt the Milton Keynes-born athlete was able to sit out the last two rounds and watch as his competitors failed to challenge.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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