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Rutherford won't defend long jump title on Gold Coast

Rutherford will not defend his long jump title at this year's Commonwealth Games due to what he perceives to be a lack of preparation. Credit: PA

Greg Rutherford will not defend his long jump title at this year's Commonwealth Games due to what he perceives to be a lack of preparation.

Rutherford clinched gold at Glasgow four years ago but his decision to take some time away from athletics has left him feeling unable to sufficiently prepare to compete on Australia's Gold Coast.

He said: "Withdrawing from Team England is not a decision that's been easy for me to make. However, in previous years I've attended major championships without a good training block behind me and my performance has suffered as a result.

"I really would have loved to have been involved with the team. The Commonwealth Games have been brilliant over the years for me and my two medals from three Games have been highlights for me.

"I am planning on easing myself back into competition, possibly indoors, and then building to the summer season.

"I want to wish the team all the very best out in Australia."

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Greg Rutherford lands bronze in long jump

Greg Rutherford competes in the men's Long Jump final. Credit: PA

Greg Rutherford has landed a bronze in the long jump with a distance of 8.29m.

The London 2012 gold medalist was beaten by Jeff Henderson of the USA who took gold with a jump of 8.38m, and Luvo Manyonga of South Africa who jumped 8.37m to take bronze.

Ultimately I didn't jump long enough today which is very difficult for me to take.

But it is what it is I guess. I've just got to make do and move on from that but I'm pretty gutted.

Things don't go always go smoothly. I've won a lot and today I haven't won. That's something I'm not used to and something I have to deal with and figure out.

– Greg Rutherford on coming third

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Watch the jump which won Greg Rutherford gold

Greg Rutherford has been hailed as a true champion after following up his London 2012 gold with another winning performance in the men's long jump at the Commonwealth Games.

Watch the jump which went on to secure the English athlete the gold:

Greg Rutherford produces golden jump in Glasgow

London 2012 star Greg Rutherford has said he has finally proven he is not a "one-jump wonder" after claiming gold in the men's long jump at the Commonwealth Games.

Rutherford overcame career-threatening injury problems since his win at the Olympics two years ago and outperformed South Africa's Zarck Visser in Glasgow.

Greg Rutherford's winning jump delivered England's 37th gold in Glasgow. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire
Rutherford celebrated his victory by taking part in a fan's selfie at the trackside at Hampden Park. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire
Rutherford reached 8.20m on his third jump to take the Commonwealth title two years after his triumph for Team GB at London's Olympic Stadium. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire
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