Greg Rutherford

Greg Rutherford

Greg Rutherford describes himself in his Twitter biography as an "Olympian, ginger and a keen baker". He is the first British man to win the long jump since 1964, when the only other British winner in the event was Lynn Davies.

He is the London 2012 Olympic Champion and gold medallist, 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist and 2006 European Championship silver medallist in the long jump. 

 

A gifted all-round athlete and sportsman from Milton Keynes, Greg Rutherford started his athletics career as a promising sprinter but realised that his true talents lay in the long jump pit. He had also been selected for badminton trials for his county and had a football trial with Premiership team Aston Villa at the age of 13.

 Apart from Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford was the only British athlete to lead world rankings in his event in 2012 but despite his own top form, the long jump was regarded as one of the most open track and field events of the Games.