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Rutherford - I want more

GB's long jump champion targets more global medals

Last Updated: 05/08/12 6:09pm

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Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford is already targeting retaining his title in Rio in 2016 after his stunning success in London.

Rutherford, whose best leap of 8.31m proved enough to win him gold on Saturday night, says he is approaching his peak and has vowed to add to his global medal collection in the coming years.

"My aim has always been to win major medals," said Rutherford, whose winning distance was the shortest since 1972.

"I picked up a couple of minor ones at Commonwealths and Europeans and was never happy with that.

"Coming into this one it was nice to have that feel of people don't expect me to do this, but I was always thinking I could win the Olympics.

"I was beating most of the guys all year, I had jumped the furthest (equalling Chris Tomlinson's British record of 8.35m), so I quietly and confidently knew I could win this.

"I don't think anyone else expected me to, but it was nice to prove I can do it on the biggest stage in the world. There is never going to be something bigger than a home Olympics.

Prime

"Going on from this I aim to try and do the same at the Worlds next year and the one following that, the Commonwealths and the next Olympics.

"I want to win as many major medals as I possibly can. I am coming into what you would consider my prime and the next five years is a big time for me.

"I have always said that I could win majors and jump far; I didn't jump massive last night but it was enough to win and that's what it's all about. I would have been happy with seven metres if it meant I was Olympic champion to be honest."

As for how his life will change now that he is an Olympic champion, Rutherford added: "I don't think it's completely hit me what has happened. I can say yes I'm an Olympic champion now, which is something I've wanted my entire life, but the emotion that comes with that, I am not quite sure how to take it on board.

"It's a very, very strange feeling. I am very happy but don't really know how to get that out at the moment.

"If we have gone out there and inspired people that would be absolutely fantastic, that's part of why we do it. I am hoping there are a couple of kids out there that are thinking I will do long jump now, that ginger guy was pretty good!"

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