World Athletics Championships: Greg Rutherford finishes 14th in qualifying

Last Updated: 14/08/13 2:37pm

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Greg Rutherford left gutted after failing to qualify for the final of the World Championship long jump

Greg Rutherford left gutted after failing to qualify for the final of the World Championship long jump

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Olympic champion Greg Rutherford has failed to qualify for the long jump final at the World Championships in Moscow.

The British jumper, who recovered from a hamstring injury he suffered in Paris in July to take part, could only finish 14th overall in qualifying - with only the top 12 progressing to Friday's final.

Rutherford registered a best jump of 7.87m in the third round, having earlier recorded distances of 7.81m and 7.57m.

These were well below the 8.10m required to automatically qualify for the final, though, with 13 other athletes going on to register bigger jumps than Rutherford.

"It's just a bad day for me, I tried my hardest to make it work, but for whatever reason I just couldn't time it properly," said Rutherford.

"Initially when it (the injury) happened, I said 'no chance'. When they scanned it they said, 'You've got a pretty serious injury here'. After five weeks, I'm not sure I should even be running, let alone jumping.

Not good enough

"But two weeks later I took a fitness test and it looked great. I took the decision myself and UK Athletics have been great.

"Maybe I felt better than I actually was - I wasn't good enough today, that's the hard fact."
Greg Rutherford

"But maybe I felt better than I actually was - I wasn't good enough today, that's the hard fact."

His failure to qualify led to a furious response from his British rival Chris Tomlinson, who was not selected for the championships despite Rutherford's fitness problems.

Tomlinson tweeted: "Words can't describe my anger season ruined on media profile & not current athletic form. Thanks for the support from the athletics community."

He quickly deleted the post, and later added: "Thanks for the support, choosing not to tweet (again), will regret it when my blood pressure settles!! Good luck to all the team, I'l' see u soon."

Spain's Eusebio Caceres finished top of the standings with a jump of 8.25m, while Godfrey Khotso Mokoena (8.16m) and Aleksandr Menkov (8.11m) were the only other athletes to qualify automatically.

Former junior world champion Sophie Hitchon also failed to reach the final of the hammer, with the Burnley athlete unable to improve on her opening throw of 68.56m.

There was better news for British fans as Chris O'Hare qualified for the semi-finals of the 1,500m.

O'Hare produced a spirited run in his heat before being chased down in the home straight. And although the 22-year-old Scot finished eighth he progressed as one of the fastest qualifiers due to his time of 3:38.86.

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