Rio 2016: Greg Rutherford unable to repeat 'Super Sunday' heroics as he claims long jump bronze

Rutherford's final jump secures bronze medal in exhilerating finish

Matt Gatward
Rio de Janeiro
@indymattgatward
Sunday 14 August 2016 01:38
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Greg Rutherford celebrates after clinching bronze in the men's long jump
Greg Rutherford celebrates after clinching bronze in the men's long jump

Greg Rutherford sealed bronze in the long jump denying GB a complete repeat of Super Saturday from London 2012 but making it a pretty Special Saturday anyway.

Rutherford looked like he would not be in the medals at all but hit a fine final jump of 8.29m to move up to bronze. That jump was only 2cm down on the leap that won gold four years ago.

However, that did not seem to be enough even for bronze when Jarrion Lawson of the USA seemed to have nailed a huge jump to push the Brit down to fourth.

But his trailing hand had touched the sand and his distance – much to his and his coach’s disgust – was marked at 7.78m giving Rutherford his medal.

Greg Rutherford competes in the men's Olympic long jump final

"It's frustrating. I came here to win but couldn't quite get it together,” Rutherford said afterwards. “I am very frustrated with a jump they called a foul but it wasn't and it wasn't until the end they changed that.

"But equally I didn't jump far enough and that's difficult. I am pleased I went from fourth back into a medal position but bronze is not good enough for me. I am very disappointed."

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