• Great Britain athlete eager to put injury woe behind him
After yet another season ruined by injury – tearing a hamstring in the qualifying round of the long jump at the World Championships last year – Greg Rutherford believes he has finally found a technical approach to suit his body type, and it is modelled on the nine times Olympic champion Carl Lewis.
Rutherford's coach Dan Pfaff spent time working with Lewis and his long jump coach Tom Tellez two decades ago. Pfaff relocated from the US to help the British team and is renowned for coming up with preventative measures to tackle injuries. Speaking from an Aviva-funded warm weather training camp in California, Rutherford was coy about revealing the exact details of his new regime. "It's around the take off," said the 25-year-old, "I'm going to be vague because I will just be very interested to see once I get into the swing of competing whether it's noticed straight away … I think it's quite a big change and it could be key to me staying healthy."
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I rate Rutherford and if he stays healthy and nail one, perhaps 8.40-8.50 he may well medal. It could be the change will see a far shorter last stride which should reduce stresses at take off and help preserve speed. Hope it works!