Greg Rutherford: London 2012 lengthy bounce champion to strive observe biking after retirement
Greg Rutherford plans to change to trace biking after he retires from athletics this summer time.
The London 2012 lengthy bounce champion announced his retirement from the game as a result of persistent accidents, however says he nonetheless has the “energy” for biking.
Rutherford, 31, hopes to finish his 13-year athletics profession on the European Championships in Berlin in August.
He mentioned: “My physique is broken in the case of leaping however I can push a variety of energy on a motorcycle.”
Rutherford plans to participate in observe biking testing however is underneath “no illusions” he’ll be capable to make his swap from the sandpit successful.
“I can at present sit on a motorcycle and do lots by way of that,” Rutherford informed the Right this moment programme on BBC Radio 4.
“If doable I’ll do testing and provides observe biking a go after which have just a few extra years in sport. I’m underneath no illusions it’s going to all work out although.”
The previous Strictly Come Dancing contestant can also be eager to discover a future in broadcasting.
He mentioned: “It’s one thing that has all the time me and I’ve just a few totally different exhibits arising, not simply in observe and area, as I’ve an curiosity in historical past.”
The 2014 Commonwealth gold medallist now goals to be match sufficient to compete for a 3rd European gold at this 12 months’s championships in Berlin.
He later informed BBC Radio 5 dwell: “I am fortunate in that European long-jumping is not as robust because it has been in recent times so if I can get again to 75-80%, the place I’ve been in earlier years, there’s nonetheless an opportunity for me.
“But when I can not, which we’ll know throughout the subsequent few weeks, then I am very completely satisfied to let someone else take my spot and revel in it from the couch.”
‘Finish of an period’ for British athletics
Rutherford claimed his Olympic gold medal at London 2012 on Super Saturday, turning into the primary British man to win lengthy bounce gold since Lynn Davies in 1964.
His victory was sandwiched between Jessica Ennis-Hill’s within the heptathlon and Mo Farah’s 10,000-metre triumph, on a memorable night time for British athletics.
Rutherford admits it’s the “finish of a period” as Ennis-Hill and Farah have retired from the observe up to now 18 months, with the latter now targeted on street racing.
He mentioned: “It is a pure development in sport. Me and Jess have been in the identical group from juniors, Mo was a bit older. Plenty of the fellows I grew up with have retired.
“However we’re fortunate there is a bunch of superb younger athletes coming by way of who may very well be extra profitable than us over the following 10 years, slightly than what it had been for some time, simply being the three of us.
“I get ‘thanks’ lots due to Tremendous Saturday. It is the feelings it appears to evoke in individuals after they suppose again to these moments. And Tremendous Saturday is a type of, it all the time makes me smile. The London Olympics was the largest second of my life.”