Britain's Rutherford jumps to Olympic gold

Greg Rutherford continued a superb day at the Olympics for Great Britain when he won gold in the men's long jump with a monster 8.31m leap.


The self styled "Ginger Wizard" led the competition from his second jump of 8.21 and improved it by 10cm with his fourth, which proved beyond the rest of the field.

Australia's Mitchell Watt grabbed a silver to go with the one he won at the world championships last year with a jump of 8.16m on his final attempt.

American Will Claye fouled on his final attempt to exceed Rutherford's mark and had to be satisfied with bronze courtesy of his fourth jump of 8.12m.

World championship silver medallist Chris Tomlinson was unable to add a second medal to Team GB's tally in the event, finishing sixth.

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