Greg Rutherford MBE

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Junior world No.1 in the long jump with a national junior record of 8.14m who became a British Gold medal winner at the London 2012 Olympic games.

Greg was born in Milton Keynes and attended his local athletics club. He was also a keen footballer and had trials with Premiership football club Aston Villa  before deciding to pursue a career in athletics.

Greg Rutherford won the AAA title in 2008, reaching the Olympic qualifying distance of 8.20 metres.

At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Rutherford qualified for the final in third place with a distance of 8.16 metres.

He set a British record of 8.30 metres, in 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 metres in Paris.

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Greg jumped his way to the podium, picking up a silver medal with a back-to-form jump of 8.22 metres, proving that he had the ability to compete against the best.

After the 2011 season, Greg Rutherford worked on his take-off technique with his coach Dan Pfaff, adopting a technique based on that of Carl Lewis of making the penultimate step of the approach a lateral step outwards.

Rutherford equalled Tomlinson’s British record on 3 May 2012 with a jump of 8.35 metres at the OTC Pre-Olympic Series II event in Chula Vista, California.

London 2012

At the 2012 Olympics in London, Rutherford reached the final with a jump of 8.08 metres, qualifying in fourth place. In the final, he took the lead in the second round with a jump of 8.21 metres, improving to 8.31 metres in the fourth round, which proved to be the winning jump. Greg 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.

Following his gold medal, Rutherford (as with the other British 2012 Olympic champions) was featured on a Royal Mail postage stamp, and two post boxes in Milton Keynes were painted gold in his honour.

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