Rutherford dominates at Birmingham Diamond League
Rutherford delighted the Birmingham crowd in a superb long jump where he produced his best-ever mark on British soil and the second-best of his life with 8.35m to beat the American Michael Hartfield. He was also the only British winner of the day.
Rutherford said: “When you’re only three weeks post injury, you’re never sure how your body is. That’s the longest I’ve ever jumped in Britain and the second longest of my career so by that alone it’s not been a bad day.”
In the women’s Discus Throw, Australian Dani Samuels has continued to stake her claim as a potential medallist at the upcoming IAAF World Championships by recording her second consecutive second-place finish.
Earlier this week Samuels threw the discus 65.47m to finish second behind reigning Olympic gold medallist Sandra Perkovic at the the Diamond League meeting in Rome, and the top two placings were identical in Birmingham this evening.
While his training partner Ojie Edoburun (10.26sec) did not advance to the final, Chijindu Ujah managed to do so when he ran 10.06sec to finished 2nd in his heat. Due to a bad start Ujah never found his rhythm in the final, but still managed to finish 6th in 10.11sec.
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