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Olympic champion Rutherford's sprint plan

May 26, 2013 17:39 pm

Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford believes he is capable of becoming a successful sprinter.

The 26-year-old British athlete claimed gold at the London 2012 Olympics, and was again triumphant on home soil this weekend with victory at Manchester’s Great CityGames following a jump of 7.99m.

Rutherford’s main target this year is claiming World Championship gold in the long jump in Moscow in August, but he admits sprinting is something he’d like to attempt at some point.

“I’m looking to race relatively soon,” he said. “I said that post-Games I was going to run and the problem has been that I haven’t had the right set-up.

“I’m very keen to run because I genuinely think I can cause an upset in the 100m. As a junior I featured regularly in 100m finals and even made the senior AAAs final in 2005 as a junior, and a long jumper.

“I like to think I could do well.”