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ATHLETICS: Greg Rutherford hoping for piece of Hampden history

Jock Rutherford made history at Hampden Park and great grandson Greg is hoping to follow suit, with the Olympic gold medallist eyeing another British record jump in his search for Commonwealth gold.

Jock played outside right for the Three Lions in that 1-1 draw and now Rutherford wants to follow in his great grandfather's footsteps by making history at Hampden Park this week.

The 27-year-old heads to Glasgow 2014 as favourite for the long jump crown, with his Olympic triumph two years ago followed up this year by a British record of 8.51 metres - a controversial jump he hopes to beat this week.

"My great grandad played here for England and they set a world record for the biggest crowd in history at that time, so if that is a good omen, that would be nice," Rutherford said.

"This would be the great setting for it. I would love to go and jump something massive again and win - it would be a really special occasion.

"But, if I jump 7.90 and win with it, I'll take that.

"When you go to championships, you just want to win. I won at the Olympics with 8.31 - I wouldn't have cared if I had won with six metres. It was just about winning that title.

"I would like to go out and get another big jump, but I would get a few people to check it."

Rutherford was poking fun at the situation that followed April's record-breaking jump in Chula Vista, San Diego, after which team-mate Chris Tomlinson publicly questioned its legitimacy, claiming it was a "large foul".

The pair will now be competing alongside each other for England at Hampden Park, where Rutherford will be the only British gold medallist from London 2012 taking part.

Illness put paid to Mo Farah's participation and Jessica Ennis-Hill is missing having recently given birth, while a number of other star names are missing.

Such absentees have left some questioning the importance of the Commonwealth Games, but Rutherford dismissed the dissenting voices.

"I said as soon as it was going to be in Glasgow that this was going to be an important competition for me," he said. "London was an incredibly special time and the crowd was a massive part of that.

"We are going to have a bit of that again. Some people talk about the Commonwealth Games not being as important as other competitions, but I still see it as a hugely important stepping stone, especially when it is in this country.

"We don't get many opportunities to compete in GB, especially not in majors."

 

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