Bittersweet victory for Greg Rutherford in Italy

Former Olympic and defending World Championship winner, Greg Rutherford, experienced a mixed bag over the weekend in Italy, as the Briton won the long jump event, but suffered an ankle injury during victory. 

The 30-year-old saw off competition from Italian, Camillo Kabore – who was favourite for the competition – as Rutherford recorded a distance of 7.95m, in what was a meeting record.

Sadly, the victory was overshadowed by a reoccurring injury that Rutherford has not seemed to shake off:

“Sadly not to be today. The ankle injury I’ve been dealing with hasn’t held up.

I think a hospital trip is in order for scans and treatment.”

— Greg Rutherford, Twitter

With the IAAF World Championships coming up in London this summer, the injury could prove damaging for the defending champion.

Rutherford is the defending World Champion after winning gold in Beijing, 2015 - Image Source: Twitter
Rutherford is the defending World Champion after winning gold in Beijing, 2015 – Image Source: Twitter

In what is a big set back to the long jumper, who recently claimed gold in Manchester, jumping a distance of 8.18m in the Great City Games; the Britain will hope the results come back positive following his injury in Italy.

In what was more positive news for Britain’s, Danny Talbot, who won the 200m event; Talbot ran a meet record of 20.31 seconds as his preparation for a busy summer is ahead is getting more and more encouraging.

However, Rutherford will be hoping no long-term damage has been inflicted in Italy, with one eye also looking ahead to the Briton defending his Commonwealth and European titles in 2018.