Greg Rutherford hopes to move to the United States to train under Dan Pfaff
Last Updated: November 20, 2012 5:02pm
Greg Rutherford with Mo Farah after their golden night at London 2012
Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford hopes to be able to follow coach Dan Pfaff to Arizona for his world championship preparation.
Rutherford was part of a golden Saturday night during London 2012 that also included gold medals for Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis and he admits to owing a lot to Pfaff's training for his improved consistency.
Pfaff is set to return to America at the end of his UK Athletics contract in December and Rutherford is desperate to continue their working relationship.
"It's looking as if now we are going to be based in Phoenix in Arizona," Rutherford said. "That's still not 100 per cent confirmed, but it's a little bit more confirmed than things have been in previous conversations we have had!
"I am very hopeful that that will be the case because ultimately, I need to stay working with Dan. Dan got me to where I am now.
"It's Dan that has made me a bit more consistent and started to help me understand the event a lot more as well, and going forward over the next couple of years, that could be the huge platform me to jump very, very far.
"Ultimately without Dan, I am not as confident about doing that going forward, so I need to make it work and I am pretty confident that we will make it work. I see myself as being in a much better position if I am based in the heat as long as I possibly can.
Rutherford was speaking at the launch of the 2013 European Athletics Team Championships which will be held in Gateshead, and he hopes to be a part of that event before heading to Moscow for the World Championships in August.
"Every competition I do, I do it because I want to win and going forward, that won't change and hopefully the desire won't," he added.
"I have a huge opportunity now to put everything into perfecting something that I have got and turning the speed and the power that I've got into something that really is a respectable distance, because 8.35 metres ultimately isn't impressive.
"I want to really, really push it out there, and things like the British record would just be put to bed. I just want that done, dusted and out of the way."