Greg Rutherford joins British greats with long jump gold

Greg Rutherford won gold in the long jump at the athletics World Championships with a leap of 8.41 metres.

The 28-year-old produced his best jump of the season in the fourth round to push Australia’s Fabrice Lapierre and home favourite Jianan Wang into second and third.

Rutherford is the fifth Briton, after Daley Thompson, Linford Christie, Sally Gunnell and Jonathan Edwards, to hold all four major titles simultaneously.

World No 1 Jeff Henderson failed to make the final eight with a best of 7.95m.

Rutherford was criticised by American sprint great Michael Johnson for being too vocal with various “inflammatory” comments in the build-up to the championships. One remark in particular was about the British team kit not featuring the Union flag.

However, after his victory was confirmed, Rutherford retrieved a waistcoat bearing the flag from a fan in the stands, which he sarcastically waved at a camera.