European Athletics Championships: Greg Rutherford wins gold in men's long jump

Last Updated: 18/08/14 12:03am

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Greg Rutherford: Owns Olympic, Commonwealth and European long jump titles

Greg Rutherford: Owns Olympic, Commonwealth and European long jump titles

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Britain’s Greg Rutherford added a European Championships gold to his growing medal collection after winning the long jump in Zurich.

The Olympic and Commonwealth champion secured his place at the top of the podium with an impressive leap of 8.29 metres.

He finished 14 centimetres ahead of nearest rival Louis Tsatoumas of Greece, with Frenchman Kafetien Gomis completing the top three.

Rutherford’s European success caps a glorious year which has seen him overcome injury to win the Commonwealth title and also set a new national record of 8.51m.

Rutherford's gold medal was part of a record-breaking day for the British team in Zurich during which they passed their previous best European Championships marks in terms of both gold medals and overall medals won.

"I'm the biggest fluke going.I keep doing this. It's fantastic," Rutherford said with a smile.

"It's great to go out there and put out a couple of half decent jumps and have another title. I only took four today.

"I had the luxury of four rounds and leaving it. I had a slight tightening after the fourth and thought I'd wait and see if someone could jump further."

Rutherford was one of three Brits in the long jump final, with JJ Jegede finishing ninth with a best of 7.88m and Chris Tomlinson ending 11th after a 7.75m effort.

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