Greg Rutherford: Milton Keynes long jumper announces his retirement

Greg Rutherford has decided to call it a day. Credit: PA

Milton Keynes long jumper Greg Rutherford has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

The 31-year-old, who won gold at the 2012 London Olympics, has struggled with injuries in recent years.

Rutherford is still hoping to compete at the European Championships in Berlin later this summer before bringing down the curtain on his glittering career.

He is also aiming to take part in the London Anniversary Games in July, as well as the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham the following month.

In an interview with The Guardian, Rutherford said he was in pain "every single day" due to an ongoing ankle injury.

“At times I am in so much pain I can’t even sit on the floor and play with my two kids,” he said.

"I still feel I am fast. I still feel as if I am super strong. But whenever I try to sprint or jump I have to take three days off because I am limping so much. In the end it wears you down.”

Rutherford's greatest achievements

Rutherford was part of Team GB's 'Super Saturday' at the 2012 London Olympics. Credit: PA
  • London 2012 Olympics - Gold

  • Rio 2016 Olympics - Bronze

  • Beijing 2015 World Championships - Gold

  • Zurich 2014 European Championships - Gold

  • Amsterdam 2016 European Championships - Gold

  • Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games - Gold

  • Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games - Silver