Olympic gold winner Greg Rutherford to retire

Greg Rutherford has announced his retirement.
Greg Rutherford has announced his retirement.

London 2012 Olympics gold medal winner Greg Rutherford has announced his decision to retire at the end of the season.

Rutherford, who won bronze in Brazil in the Rio 2016 Olympics, has been unable to find his best form this year after struggling with injury.

He plans to take part in the European Championships, due to take place in August in Berlin, before bowing out.

In an interview with the Guardian, he said:

“I still feel I am fast. I still feel as if I am super strong. But whenever I try to sprint or jump I have to take three days off because I am limping so much. In the end it wears you down.

“I keep asking myself, what’s more important to me – trying to be a mediocre athlete holding on to past glories or moving on?

“I’ll be 32 later this year. I don’t want to be the old man on the team who is making up the numbers. I want people to remember me for the good times.”

After struggling with an ankle injury, he said that being in pain, “every single day,” he has elected to retire.

Rutherford also hopes to compete in the London Anniversary Games on the 21st and 22nd July.

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