Milton Keynes' Greg Rutherford books Olympic place

Greg Rutherford in the mens long jump during the Aviva UK Trials and Championships at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham
Greg Rutherford in the mens long jump during the Aviva UK Trials and Championships at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham Photo: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Milton Keynes athlete Greg Rutherford has booked his place in Team GB's Olympic squad after winning the Long Jump at the UK Championships and Olympic trials in Birmingham.

The 25 year old confirmed his place as the country's number one with a winning jump of 8.12 metres, although he wasn't particularly happy with the distance.

'It was okay. I wanted to jump a bit further. 8.12 is okay, but I expect more though', Rutherford said afterwards.

'We had challenging conditions out there which didn't make it ideal either, a few run-up problems. It was okay. It was good to win. I came here to confirm my place, and I did that'.

Rutherford said he's been mentally prepared for the Olympics since reaching the A-standard distance of 8.20 metres in a few competitions earlier in the year.

'For me its been about keeping the process going, the technical changes that we've made, executing them and jumping far, so again with 8.12 I'm not massively happy with that but there's a lot more there' Rutherford added.

'We're coming out of the back of a few competitions and a few bits and bobs around it. Going into the Olympics I'll be in perfect shape'.

While Rutherford can concentrate fully on London 2012, Harlow's Andrew Osagie hopes to book his place in the men's 800 metres final on Sunday (June 24). The 24 year old eased into the final by winning his heat the day before.

But there was tragedy for sprinter Jodie Williams, from Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire.

The 18 year old collapsed with a hamstring injury in the final of the women's 100 metres. It was her first appearance at the senior trials, and left the track in tears.