Glasgow 2014 champion Greg Rutherford admitted he was struggling to find the right words after completing his collection of major titles with long jump gold at the World Championships in Beijing.
Heading to China Rutherford was looking to get his hands on an elusive World Championship gold with this the only title missing on his CV after topping the podium at an Olympic and Commonwealth Games and the European Championships.
And the 28-year-old looked in ominous form early on, taking the lead with an early effort of 8.29m before Americans Mike Hartfield and Jeff Henderson exited the competition – the latter having qualified for the final in first place.
But Rutherford wasn’t done there, recording the second best jump of his career when he leapt 8.41m with his fourth-round effort.
And after collecting Great Britain’s third gold medal – alongside fellow London 2012 champions Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill – to move his nation up to second in the medal table after day four, Rutherford admitted some wise words from his coach had made all the difference.
“I’m bit lost for words, what an incredible night. That was an accumulation of so many people’s work – Dan Pfaff, what an amazing lead coach and Jonas [Tawiah-Doodoo], who’s been helping him as well.
“Andy Burke the therapist who’s been here has helped me as well and more than anything my family and friends, who have been unreal. They’ve built me a long jump pit in the garden, and that’s pretty special.
“Dan basically told me after the third round, ‘what an earth are you playing at, why are you fouling? Just get one in and close the night.’
“The next round I managed to catch one and I hope 8.41m is acceptable for people this time. I’m pretty sure that is a stadium record, so I’ll take that – maybe I’m not too bad of a long jumper.”
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