Video interview with the Olympic, European and Commonwealth champion following his 8.35m jump for victory at the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix

Greg Rutherford believes that this could be the year he wins a world title and has said that his 8.35m leap for victory at the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix on Sunday puts him in a “fantastic position” ahead of Beijing in August.

The Olympic, European and Commonwealth long jump champion produced his best-ever mark on British soil and the joint second-best of his life at the Alexander Stadium despite having suffered injury problems in the run-up to the event.

“After what I went through over the last three weeks of having the injury and not knowing where I was at, I’m absolutely chuffed with that,” he said.

“I think that’s sort of showing a bit more where I’m at.

“To get an 8.35m here today – and I felt a bit flat I’ve got to be honest, and obviously guarding this injury a little bit – I think that puts me in a fantastic position.

“I said this year could be the year that I win a world title and complete that set and I think that’s going to send out a bit of a message to the rest of the world.”

» An online Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix report can be found here, while the June 11 edition of Athletics Weekly will include more in-depth coverage, pictures and results