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Rutherford Eyes History

Olympics Day 8 - Athletics...LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04:  Greg Rutherford of Great Britain competes in the Men's Long Jump Final on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 8 – Athletics…LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 04: Greg Rutherford of Great Britain competes in the Men’s Long Jump Final on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Olympic champion Greg Rutherford won the Stockholm Diamond League long jump with 8.34m. He leads the Diamond Race by five points. He is looking to become the fifth British athlete ever to hold Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles, following Daley Thompson, Linford Christie, Sally Gunnell and Jonathon Edwards.

Lynsey Sharp was just beaten in the 800 metres by France’s Renelle Lamote, 1:59.91 to 2:00.29.

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Stockholm Diamond League

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Word Athletics Championships Great Britain Squad

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Asher-Smith Runs Historic Sub Eleven

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Dina Asher-Smith became the first British woman to break eleven seconds as she broke the British record for the second time this year, winning her heat in 10.99. She later finished fourth in the final with 11.06 as Dafne Schippers won in a Dutch record 10.92.

Minutes later Shara Proctor set a British record of 6.98m to win the long jump as the British excelled. Jazmin Sayers took second in 6.66, Katerina Johnson-Thompson was fourth in 6.50 and Jessica Ennis-Hill had her two best jumps since becoming Olympic champion, finishing seventh in 6.37.

Lynsey Sharp took third in the 800 metres with a season’s best 1:59.57, as Kenya’s Eunice Sum took victory.

Nijel Amos once again overhauled Olympic champion David Rudisha in 1:44.57 as 0.10 split them at the finish. Back in seventh, European Junior champion Kyle Langford ran a stunning 1:45.78 PB. He goes third on the UK all-time Junior (U/20) list behind David Sharpe (1:45.64) and Steve Ovett (1:45.77). He surprised the older athletes a few weeks ago by becoming British champion. He has now been rewarded with a place in the squad for the World Championships.

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London Anniversary Games Diamond League

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London Anniversary Games Diamond League

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Mo Farah had a world leading victory of 7:34.66 in the 3000 metres, as he passed Brendan Foster’s 7:35.1 (1974), a World record when it was set, to go second on the UK all-time list. Dave Moorcroft surprisingly still holds the British record, also a former World record, 7:32.79 (1982).

Usain Bolt has been having an horrendous season, running the worst 200 of his career in New York, in his own words, and ranking 62nd in the world at 10.13 for 100 metres. Like superman he suddenly runs 9.87 in his heat and replicates that time to win the final. CJ Ujah impressed in fourth as he broke 10 seconds for the second time to equal his PB 9.96.

Laura Weightman scored a much needed 4:06.09 win in the 1500 metres in a season where Laura Muir has grabbed all the headlines. You could feel her relief as she punched the air at the finish.

Jess Ennis-Hill wanted to break 13 seconds in the 100 hurdles to show her she is ready for Beijing, and she did more by running a world class 12.79, a place behind Tiffany Porter, in fifth, as Jasmin Stowers got a stunning 12.47 win.

In the 200 metres, newly crowned British champion Zarnel Hughes keeps on improving, going third on the UK all-time list, winning in 20.05.

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Lake Leads Britain To Record Medal Haul

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World junior champion, Morgan Lake, lead Great Britain to five golds and a record equalling eleven total, on the final day of the European Junior Championships. Team GB finished with 11 gold and six silvers, matching the 1991 team that included Darren Campbell.

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