Rutherford believes Super Saturday II will be box office gold again

Rutherford believes Super Saturday II will be box office gold again

12 August 2016 / 08:00
Super Saturday II is a sequel worth tuning in for, quite unlike Grease 2 or Staying Alive, the much forgotten follow-up to Saturday Night Fever.

And Greg Rutherford is predicting it’s going to be box office too.
Rutherford was part of that famous trifecta at London 2012 when his long jump gold, coupled with heptathlon and 10,000 success for Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah respectively, delivered three golds in a frantic 44-minute spell.

Rio’s timetable sets up the potential for a repeat performance. Rutherford and Ennis-Hill start their competitions tomorrow and Farah will start his campaign on Saturday.

“It’s very, very possible,” said Rutherford. 

“We have all come here to win. It would be another momentous occasion in British athletics history.

“We’ve all worked really hard to get here, I’m in very good shape myself, and I believe the other two are in fantastic shape too from what I’ve heard.

“We don’t get to see each other very often, as Jess is in Sheffield, Mo is in Oregon, and I’m out in Phoenix but we’ve all known each other for very long time, and its a very friendly thing between us.”

Rutherford’s success was considered the surprise that night - Ennis-Hill and Farah both arriving as red-hot favourites for gold.

But since then he’s swept all the major athletics titles - with golds at the World and 
European Championships and Commonwealth Games, a repeat only previously achieved by British legends Daley Thompson, Sally Gunnell, Jonathan Edwards and Linford Christie.

People have said if I’d won another night I might have got more publicity but I have no regrets on anything on how it played out,” he added. 

“If it wasn’t for the other two then it wouldn’t have been Super Saturday, and the last four years have been fantastic for all of us. 

“On Saturday we are hoping to replicate that and that would be very special.”

Athletics competitions start today with much attention on that Super Saturday threesome but Rutherford claims others will step from the shadow and surprise, just as he did four years ago.

“When you look at the strength in depth we now have within the team, we've got youngsters coming through who are doing incredible things and old hands who are still in there," he said.

"I think as a mixture as a team it's one of the best I've been involved with and there are a lot of medal hopes we have got out there."

gregrutherfordGettyImages-588325574Rutherford claims to have arrived in Rio, after spending more than a week at the team’s preparation camp in Rio, in top shape.

His best this season, a 8.31 metre jump at the Diamond League in Rome, ranks him seventh in the world with American Jarrion Lawson, who boasts a season’s best of 8.58m leading the standings.

But Rutherford has quickly established himself as a proven championship performer and has been buoyed by having long-time coach Dan Pfaff - who has been receiving chemotherapy for a serious stomach issue - with him in Rio.

“When I step on that runway I want to do something special,” said Rutherford, whose preparation for these Games has included building a long jump pit in his back garden.

“I know what position I am in if conditions are right but equally I have been coined as world’s best ever bad conditions jumper, so I don’t mind a bit of rain either.”

The forecast for Saturday by the way, is 23 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. Let’s hope the sun shines on the righteous once again.

From James Toney, Sportsbeat, in Rio

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