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MK's Greg Rutherford 'really disappointed' despite bronze medal

Greg Rutherford in last night's long jump final. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Milton Keynes athlete Greg Rutherford says he is "really disappointed" after having to settle for bronze at Rio 2016.

The long jumper had hoped to defend his Olympic title and maintain his run of major championship victories.

His best leap of 8.29m was only good enough to come third during a thrilling final in Rio overnight.

But, posting on Twitter in the early hours of the morning, the world, European and Commonwealth champion vowed to bounce back.

“It’s very frustrating. Obviously I come into these competitions to win them. I felt pretty good after yesterday even though I scraped through.

“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.

“My body is always a mess but I’ve been dealing with that for years now. There are no excuses on that front.

“I’m pleased on the last that I mustered what energy I had left to take me from fourth into a medal position but it’s still not good enough in my eyes.”

– Greg Rutherford, Olympic bronze medalist
Greg Rutherford in last night's long jump final. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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