Golden Greg will jump for world glory
OLYMPIC long jump champion Greg Rutherford has been added to the British team for the World Championships in Moscow next month after proving his fitness.
Rutherford, who won gold in London last year on the same night as Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah, missed returning to the Olympic Stadium for the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games at the weekend because he had not recovered fully from a hamstring injury.
But British Athletics performance director Neil Black announced that the 26-year-old had passed a series of tests and would be heading to Moscow.
Black said: “Following the fitness tests and his record of being able to produce a quality performance off minimal build-up, I am pleased to confirm his place in the GB & NI team.”
Rutherford’s selection means Chris Tomlinson misses out on the World Championships.
Farah will face fellow distance-running greats Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebreselassie at the Bupa Great North Run on September 15.
The trio of world and Olympic champions will race together for the first time – and event founder Brendan Foster hailed the line-up as “the greatest head-to-head in halfmarathon history”.