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Greg Rutherford humbled to be among British athletics greats

Sitting alongside Daley Thompson, Linford Christie, Sally Gunnell and Jonathan Edwards will take some getting used to for Greg Rutherford.

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Greg Rutherford humbled to be among British athletics greats

(Omni Sports)

Greg Rutherford conceded it was a surreal feeling to be ranked alongside some of the greats of British athletics after claiming long jump world-championship gold in Beijing.

Rutherford"s fourth-round leap of 8.41 metres at the Bird's Nest Stadium in Tuesday's final ensured he would add a world title to his Olympic, European and Commonwealth crowns.

The 28-year-old is the fifth Briton in history to hold all four major titles at the same time, joining an exclusive club of Daley Thompson, Linford Christie, Sally Gunnell and Jonathan Edwards.

"Yeah it's not a bad feeling to be honest and it is obviously some of the most famous and successful British athletes of all time," Rutherford told a press conference afterwards. "I never really picture myself as one of them."

Having claimed his previous crowns with relatively moderate jumps, Rutherford has been labelled as a lucky champion in some quarters - something that understandably irks the athlete himself.

But as favourite Jeff Henderson failed to make the last three rounds of the final and defending champion Aleksandr Menkov laboured to a sixth-place finish, Rutherford demonstrated his undoubted championship pedigree with the second longest jump of his career, beating Australia's Fabrice Lapierre into second place by 17cm.

"Every time I win something somebody tells me that I didn't win it well enough, so I think jumping 8.41 in a major final - I think that's winning well enough to be totally honest," a defiant and typically outspoken Rutherford added.

"And every single jumper who are the best jumpers in the world were here at this major championships and I managed to come away with the gold medal again.

"So I'm hoping nobody has anything to say negative about it because I don't think I could cope."

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