The soon-to-retire British long jump star has appendicitis

Greg Rutherford has announced that he will not be competing at this weekend’s Müller British Athletics Championships due to appendicitis.

The Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth long jump gold medallist had been hoping to win one more national title in his final season before retirement.

But he will now miss the event in Birmingham, though hopes to regain fitness in time to compete at the Diamond League meetings in London and Birmingham as well as the European Championships in Berlin in August.

The British Championships incorporates the trials for the European event, though defending champion Rutherford could still gain a discretionary place from selectors.

“Sadly I won’t be able to compete and try to win one last national title,” he wrote on Instagram.

“I’ve had to withdraw from this weekend’s national championships due to appendicitis.

“It’s a rough blow in what is going to be my final season jumping.

“I’ve never been beaten at the nationals and I guess that’s a record that I will retire with.”

Rutherford announced his decision to retire earlier this month, following ongoing injury struggles.

“I’m going to go for the European Championships one final time,” he said at the time. “And then I’ll also be jumping in Birmingham and London for the Diamond Leagues.”