Briton Rutherford completes long jump full house

Tue Aug 25, 2015 12:02pm EDT
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BEIJING Aug 25 (Reuters) - Britain's Greg Rutherford completed a full-house of major titles on Tuesday whenhe added world gold to his Olympic, Commonwealth and European long jump crowns. Rutherford had such a bad headache a few hours before the final that he feared he would be unable to compete.

"By 2 o'clock this afternoon, I thought, 'Flipping heck, I'm not going to be able to jump, I feel so rough'," he told reporters.

By the end of the evening, it was Rutherford's rivals whose heads were spinning.

"Adrenalin's a wonderful thing," he said. "Here I am and I've finally won a world title. Fifth time lucky. Finally got what I wanted."

The 28-year-old Briton dominated the competition and won with a best effort of 8.41 meters in the fourth round

His task was made easier when American Jeff Henderson, who tops the 2015 world rankings, crashed out after three rounds having registered only one good jump, of 7.95m, to finishoutside the top eight.

The silver medal was won by Australia's Fabrice Lapierre with a season's best 8.24 in the sixth round to overtake China's Wang Jianan, who jumped 8.18 in round two.

Chinese jumpers Gao Xinglong (8.14m) and Li Jinzhe (8.10m) finished fourth and fifth.

This event appeared to be one of the most open of the championships and the Beijing public turned out in huge numbers hoping to see a medal for the host nation.   Continued...

Britain's first placed Greg Rutherford celebrates his victory in the men's long jump final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, August 25, 2015.     REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach