Rutherford plans to dominate long jump

25 August 2012 / 07:31

Olympic champion Greg Rutherford believes he can become the dominant force in the long jump after being told by Carl Lewis he needs to jump further.

The 25-year-old met the four-time Olympic long jump champion at a hospitality event after his gold medal-winning performance at London 2012.

"He said congratulations and everything else, but he then said after it 'you need to jump further'," said Rutherford, who has this summer been using a new take-off technique based on methods used by Lewis.

"Fair enough, he was pretty good at it.

"He was basically saying he wants somebody to jump far and really far and become a dominant force in the long jump, he was putting it to me for me to become that person. I aim to jump much further and I think I can. Nailing the technical changes that we've done is going to take time, but I think once we get it maybe I can be that dominant force."

Rutherford won Olympic gold with a leap of 8.31 metres, while his joint British record stands at 8.35m. Lewis' best was 8.87m.

He faces another strong field at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix on Sunday, with the inclusion of Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor set to make for a particularly interesting battle.

Another Briton competing on Sunday for whom the Olympics was an unqualified success is Lawrence Clarke, who finished a surprise fourth in the 110m hurdles.

Elsewhere, Double Olympic champion Mo Farah races over two miles with Steve Ovett's 34-year-old British outdoor record of 8:13.51 under threat.

Teenager sprinter Adam Gemili takes on Tyson Gay in the injury-plagued American's first race over 200m in two years.