Golden Greg will jump for world glory

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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”.

TESTS: Ruther­ford

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