GREG RUTHERFORD had an emotional goodbye at the London stadium today, but announced that at 31 he’s not ready to give up on sport completely.
Although his body is struggling to support his long-jump career, the Olympian announced that he has less niggles on a bike and is looking to begin a career as a track cyclist.
Rutherford was emotional as he competed for the last time at the London stadium today, but excitedly announced that he would be trying a new sport[/caption]
Speaking on the BBC, Rutherford announced that he wouldn’t be competing in the European championships later this month, in Berlin, after feeling aches and pains while competing today.
Instead of defending his crown, he shared his plans to head to Manchester for selection in order to attempt to launch a career as a track cyclist.
The 2012 long-jump champion was at pains to assure viewers that he knew it wouldn’t be an easy transition and didn’t expect to become the best in the world overnight, but he wanted to savour the experience.
Rutherford was very optimistic and although he hasn’t yet cycled in a velodrome, he seems excited about the next chapter in his life.
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Rutherford is struggling to compete at such a high level with a growing list of injuries and will call time on his long-jump career[/caption]
It was six years ago that Greg Rutherford became a household name in athletics after winning gold on super Saturday at London 2012[/caption]
He wouldn’t be the first 2012 gold medallist to attempt a move into a new sport, Usain Bolt’s attempts to move into football have been heavily publicised.
And Victoria Pendleton has made moves in the equestrian circuit, while Chris Hoy has switched two wheels for four and become a racing driver.
Lizzy Yarnold is proof that a top level athlete can switch disciplines having finished her career as a heptathlete only to become a two-time Olympic skeleton champion.
But it was Rebecca Romero’s switch from Olympic silver medalist in rowing to track cycling gold just four years later that inspired Rutherford.
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After struggling to jump at the Anniversary Games, Rutherford announced that he would not be defending his European title in Berlin later this month[/caption]
The athlete with an incredible list of titles waved goodbye to fans at the London stadium for the last time as a long-jumper today[/caption]
The IAAF Anniversary Games was Rutherford’s final opportunity to perform in the stadium where he won his gold Olympic medal on ‘super Saturday’ six years ago.
He rightly lapped up the atmosphere and became emotional when he was greeting and waving to fans.
Savouring every last minute, the athlete’s son then followed in his Dad’s footsteps by launching himself into the long-jump pit, much to the amusement of the London crowd.
Social media was awash with fans congratulating the athlete on his impressive career that has seen him become; World champion, European champion, Commonwealth champion and Olympic champion.
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