Lewis looks to emulate Rutherford

08 August 2012 / 14:11

Steve Lewis progressed to the pole vault final and sets his sights on matching the achievements of his room-mate Greg Rutherford, who took gold in the long jump.

A single clearance of 5.50m proved enough to send Lewis through as one of the 14 qualifiers, meaning the 26-year-old can try to emulate Rutherford, the long jump champion, in Friday's final.

"It's been a tough week for me watching my room-mate Greg Rutherford come out and win a gold medal," Lewis said.

"I have just been sitting in my room. It was great getting up this morning, up at 6 and got the job done.

"Greg has been an inspiration to me, being around and training with him.

"It has been an awesome lead-up to the Olympics. That kind of energy around the village and around the apartment is amazing. There is a great vibe in Team GB right now.

"I think I can jump 5.80-5.90 and that will be in the mix for a medal. I don't know what it will take to win but I will give it my best shot."