Commonwealth Games - Rutherford delights in another home Games gold

Greg Rutherford insists he has banished the assumption that he is a one-hit wonder after defying a long-term layoff to take Commonwealth Games long jump gold in Glasgow.

Commonwealth Games - Rutherford delights in another home Games gold

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Greg Rutherford of England poses for a photograph with his gold medal after winning the men's long jump final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (Reuters)

The 27-year-old, who won Olympic gold in London, won with his third jump of 8.20m ahead of South Africans Zarck Visser and Rushwahl Samaii.

Rutherford picked up a silver medal four years ago in Delhi but doubts were cast over his fitness after he required an epidural injection in the build-up to even make it to qualifying.

But he proved that he is a major championship performer and has vowed to add more medals to what is a growing collection.

"It's never an easy road and after what happened last year with injury and I wasn't sure if I could carry on jumping,” he said.

“Now I've managed to come away with another title. I think a few people had written me off thinking I was a one-hit wonder. But I'm here again and will be here again many more times. I'm super happy.

“I want to keep going out there jumping far and winning medals.”

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