Rutherford leads line for Brits in Birmingham

07 June 2015 / 17:31

When Greg Rutherford jumps on home soil something special usually happens and the Olympic champion delivered once again as he picked up Diamond League victory in Birmingham.

It is set to be a huge year for Rutherford as he goes on the hunt for the only major medal missing from his collection – World Championship gold.

The 28-year-old jumped 8.31m on his way to gold in London back in 2012 but he showed that he is still at the top of his game in the Midlands as he leapt 8.35m to record his longest effort on British soil.

Rutherford had been struggling with an injury in the build up to the event and feared that the long jumps wouldn't materialise in front of the home crowd.

But in the end he produced the goods and only used three attempts to wrap up the victory.

“I was absolutely over the moon, it's always great to win a competition, I knew it was going to be tough so I am chuffed to bits,” he said.

“I was holding an injury so I wasn't sure if it was going to happen today but in the end I only had to take three jumps and one of them was the longest I have ever jumped in the UK so I'm really happy with that.

“It's always good to have a half-decent performance to be honest and I don't think I have ever won here so it's great.

“Today to come out and put that performance down was brilliant and there were some great performances.

“I love jumping in front of a British crowd, I had that at the Olympics and it sparked everything for me.”

It proved to be a mixed day for British athletes and none more so than Adam Gemili who ran 10-flat in his 100m heat before clocking 9.97 in the final.

However, the performance came at a cost as he tumbled over the finish line and suffered what appeared to be a torn hamstring.

It was a 100m final that also saw Richard Kilty and CJ Ujah go head to head with with the former coming out on top with a personal best of 10.05 and Ujah clocking 10.11.

“I am starting to find my feet outdoors but I am not going to try and rush it, by the looks of things I am getting faster every race, it’s a matter of when,” said Kilty.

“I will break ten seconds for sure, it’s just a matter of time now.

“I just need to work on my starts, they have not been as good as they have been indoors and I think that once I get that and put the right race together it’s just a matter of time.”

In the women's 100m hurdles Tiffany Porter clocked 12.65 to finish third behind the American duo Dawn Harper-Nelson and Brianna Rollins while Serita Solomon smashed her personal best to clock 12.87 in fifth.

And in the women's 200m Dina Asher-Smith continued her fine form with another blistering run that saw her clock a personal best of 22.30 to finish third – 0.01 seconds off top spot.

“That really took it out of me but I'm just really happy with that, yesterday I was just hopeful that I could get somewhere close to my personal best,” said Asher-Smith.

“But to do that is just wow, I'm really really happy. The key to the race was maintaining my form.

“I hope that I can keep going and posting quick times. To be fair that took it out of me so I've got some strength training to do before I can even look at the 200m record.”

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