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There are risks but it would be unfair if Tokyo Olympics did not go ahead | Greg Rutherford

Organisers have made the Games as safe as they can be – now athletes must follow the rules and embrace their opportunityNo matter who you are, or what sports you enjoy, the Olympics remains the greatest show on earth. It’s bigger than anything in footb…

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Greg Rutherford’s Olympic bobsleigh dream: ‘I intend to make history’

Former long jumper is secretly training with GB squad, aiming to be the first Briton to win summer and winter Olympic medals“I’ve never been someone to do anything half-arsed,” says Greg Rutherford, as he revs up for the most dramatic leap of his caree…

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Greg Rutherford’s Olympic bobsleigh dream: ‘I intend to make history’

Former long jumper is secretly training with GB squad, aiming to be the first Briton to win summer and winter Olympic medals“I’ve never been someone to do anything half-arsed,” says Greg Rutherford, as he revs up for the most dramatic leap of his caree…

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Retiring hero Greg Rutherford still driven to prove people wrong | Sean Ingle

Britain’s London 2012 long jump champion once had his achievements branded a fluke but he is now ready to again defy critics of his lofty ambitionsYou know how Greg Rutherford celebrated his first day as a retired athlete? By turning up at the Whitley …

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Muir and Rutherford fail to deliver stardust at Anniversary Games

• Laura Muir turns attention to European Championships• Greg Rutherford bows out in pain and prideThe circus masters within British Athletics placed Laura Muir and Greg Rutherford in the centre of the ring at the Müller Anniversary Games on Sunday and …

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Greg Rutherford set for emotional farewell to London Stadium

• Long jumper hindered by ankle pain before Anniversary Games• ‘I haven’t trained since Monday,’ 2012 Olympic champion saysGreg Rutherford has said he is emotionally preparing for one final return to the London Stadium – the scene of his long-jump Olym…

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Greg Rutherford retires: ‘I just don’t want to be in pain every day of my life’ | Sean Ingle

Exclusive: The former Olympic long jump champion will retire after the summer due to ongoing injury and has his sights on cycling“At times I am in so much pain I can’t even sit on the floor and play with my two kids,” says Greg Rutherford as he revs hi…

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‘I feared my career was over,’ says Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford

• Long jumper targets World Indoors after surgery ends injury hell• Tokyo Olympics still a possible goal for London 2012 winnerGreg Rutherford has revealed he feared his career was over before undergoing groin reconstruction surgery and an ankle operat…

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Greg Rutherford and Dina Asher-Smith in England Commonwealth Games team

• Team England names 75-strong athletics squad for 2018 event in Australia• Adam Gemili and Katarina Johnson-Thompson among medal contendersThe London 2012 long jump champion, Greg Rutherford, and sprint record holder Dina Asher-Smith have been named i…

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Greg Rutherford out of athletics world championships with ankle injury

• Long jump champion has failed to recover from ligament damage
• ‘I am so devastated I won’t be competing’ says Olympic hero

Great Britain’s medal hopes for the world championships have been dealt a significant blow with Greg Rutherford unable to defend his long jump title and Richard Kilty withdrawing from the 100m relay squad after breaking his finger in a freak accident.

Rutherford has failed to recover from an ankle injury sustained in June and said he was devastated not to be able to compete at the stadium where he became Olympic champion at London 2012. The British team is already light on genuine gold medal contenders and the loss of Rutherford from the squad makes reaching the target of six to eight medals even more of a stretch.

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Greg Rutherford ‘left feeling sick’ after being cheated out of £48,000

• Olympian’s former manager took money to fuel gambling addiction
• Gaby Stone, 34, from west London, jailed for 18 months

The former agent of the London 2012 Olympic long jump champion, Greg Rutherford, has been jailed for 18 months after cheating him out of £48,000 to fund a gambling addiction.

Gab Stone, 34, of west London, who was responsible for organising Rutherford’s commercial and merchandise deals as well as his celebrity appearances, claimed he had lost the money in an investment scheme that had gone wrong.

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Sporting nicknames were obligatory but are they suffering a slow death? | Tim Lewis

Greg Rutherford, like many of Britain’s recent Olympic heroes, is short of a nickname so it’s time for sports fans to raise their game

My allotted time with semi‑pro ballroom dancer Greg Rutherford was up. It wasn’t his agent tapping an expensive, oversized watch face, the internationally recognised signal; instead, it was a two-year-old called Milo cruising into Rutherford’s kitchen, pushing a fire engine. Milo wanted to muck about in the garden in the sand, which, unbeknown to him, also happens to be an IAAF-approved long jump pit.

Related: Greg Rutherford: ‘Strictly helped me to not dwell on the Rio Olympics’

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Sporting nicknames were obligatory but are they suffering a slow death? | Tim Lewis

Greg Rutherford, like many of Britain’s recent Olympic heroes, is short of a nickname so it’s time for sports fans to raise their game

My allotted time with semi‑pro ballroom dancer Greg Rutherford was up. It wasn’t his agent tapping an expensive, oversized watch face, the internationally recognised signal; instead, it was a two-year-old called Milo cruising into Rutherford’s kitchen, pushing a fire engine. Milo wanted to muck about in the garden in the sand, which, unbeknown to him, also happens to be an IAAF-approved long jump pit.

Related: Greg Rutherford: ‘Strictly helped me to not dwell on the Rio Olympics’

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Greg Rutherford: ‘Strictly helped me to not dwell on the Rio Olympics’

The Olympic gold-winning long jumper on going off the rails, his debt to his dogs – and the fun of his nine weeks on Strictly Come Dancing

Last month you were the ninth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing. You seemed almost teary – how upset were you?
It was always going to be disappointing, because you want to go as far as you possibly can. It takes up all of your life: I was in the training room with Nat probably 10 to 12 hours a day most days. But equally, I could see there were better dancers than me. I was never kidding myself that I was some super-dancer who was going to set the floor alight.

You seemed unhappy to only win a bronze in the long jump at the Rio Olympics, after gold at London 2012. Did Strictly take your mind off that?
Yeah, I think it helped me not dwell on what happened in Rio. I didn’t get the result I was really hoping for at the Olympics, and I said I’d either do nothing until Christmas, so I’d probably get very fat eating cakes, or I could learn a new skill. The only thing is that I’d said no to Strictly for the last few years because it wasn’t the right time, and when I finally agreed to do it, it just so happens that it’s the strongest group of dancers that have ever been on.

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Greg Rutherford: ‘Strictly helped me to not dwell on the Rio Olympics’

The Olympic gold-winning long jumper on going off the rails, his debt to his dogs – and the fun of his nine weeks on Strictly Come Dancing

Last month you were the ninth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing. You seemed almost teary – how upset were you?
It was always going to be disappointing, because you want to go as far as you possibly can. It takes up all of your life: I was in the training room with Nat probably 10 to 12 hours a day most days. But equally, I could see there were better dancers than me. I was never kidding myself that I was some super-dancer who was going to set the floor alight.

You seemed unhappy to only win a bronze in the long jump at the Rio Olympics, after gold at London 2012. Did Strictly take your mind off that?
Yeah, I think it helped me not dwell on what happened in Rio. I didn’t get the result I was really hoping for at the Olympics, and I said I’d either do nothing until Christmas, so I’d probably get very fat eating cakes, or I could learn a new skill. The only thing is that I’d said no to Strictly for the last few years because it wasn’t the right time, and when I finally agreed to do it, it just so happens that it’s the strongest group of dancers that have ever been on.

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Greg Rutherford hits out after thieves steal his mobile phone in Rio

• Long jumper had pictures of young son on phone
• Bronze medallist refers to ‘ultimate downer’ at Games

Greg Rutherford has hit out after thieves in Rio stole a mobile phone containing pictures of his young son.

The Team GB long jumper tweeted that the phone, containing pictures of his 10-month-old son Milo, had been taken on Sunday.

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Super Saturday trio stir memories of London 2012 on inspiring night in Rio

Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford showed sport can still provide something more profoundly uplifting than victory on special day in Rio

Faster, higher, stronger, Farah. Never mind the dead hand of London 2012. Bundle those memories of Super Saturday back in the sock drawer.

There were so many obvious symmetries on Rio 2016’s first bravura night of track and field, that perhaps only the more parochial will cast this middle Saturday as glorious but a notch down on the rush of London four years ago. In the event this was an occasion that stood without the need for comparison, three hours of utterly absorbing Olympic athletics on a chilly, slightly wild night in Rio took place.

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Rio 2016 athletics: women’s 100m final and men’s long jump final – live!

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Has Usain Bolt still got star power? Barney Ronay was at the 100m heats today anyway to fill you in (SPOILER ALERT: Usain’s still got it):

Related: Usain Bolt stars in an old-fashioned battle between ‘good and evil’

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Medal ceremony time for the women’s shot put. Last night, Michelle Carter of the US caused an upset, inflicting a rare defeat on the reigning champion, NZ’s Valerie Adams. Both women are from sporting families: Adams’s brother Steve plays in the NBA and Carter’s father, Michael, won silver in the shot at the 1984 Games (and coaches her now). Pesky kids, always upstaging their parents. A little more on Carter here:

Related: Michelle Carter wins USA’s first ever women’s shot put gold

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Rio 2016 athletics: women’s 100m final and men’s long jump final – live!

12.25am BST

Has Usain Bolt still got star power? Barney Ronay was at the 100m heats today anyway to fill you in (SPOILER ALERT: Usain’s still got it):

Related: Usain Bolt stars in an old-fashioned battle between ‘good and evil’

12.17am BST

Medal ceremony time for the women’s shot put. Last night, Michelle Carter of the US caused an upset, inflicting a rare defeat on the reigning champion, NZ’s Valerie Adams. Both women are from sporting families: Adams’s brother Steve plays in the NBA and Carter’s father, Michael, won silver in the shot at the 1984 Games (and coaches her now). Pesky kids, always upstaging their parents. A little more on Carter here:

Related: Michelle Carter wins USA’s first ever women’s shot put gold

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Greg Rutherford: ‘London Super Saturday repeat is real possibility’

• Long jumper says he, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah are in good shape
• Trio won gold medals within an hour of each other in 2012 Games

Greg Rutherford insists that a glorious repeat of Super Saturday is “very, very possible” this weekend because he, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah are all in fantastic shape as they prepare to defend their Olympic long jump, heptathlon and 10,000m titles respectively.

The trio all won gold within 46 minutes of one another at London 2012 – and the way the track and field programme has worked out they will be going for glory again on Saturday.

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