Long-jumper Greg Rutherford’s Olympic triumph, on ‘Super Saturday’, alongside his team-mates Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis, will come to define one of the greatest years in British sporting history.
what I’ve dreamt of my entire life,’ he told the BBC afterwards, voice
cracking, as the sound of 80,000 cheers echoed around the stadium.
25-year-old, dubbed the ‘ginger ninja’, perhaps had more reason than
most to feel emotional. Britain’s first long-jump gold medallist since
1964 suffered years of agony as a result of repeated hamstring tears,
which came close to ending his career. His recovery and remarkable
return to form is thanks to a controversial treatment – first developed
in the Thirties to combat decompression sickness suffered by deep-sea