Former Olympic and defending World Championship winner, Greg Rutherford, experienced a mixed bag over the weekend in Italy, as the Briton won the long jump event, but suffered an ankle injury during victory.
The 30-year-old saw off competition from Italian, Camillo Kabore – who was favourite for the competition – as Rutherford recorded a distance of 7.95m, in what was a meeting record.
Sadly, the victory was overshadowed by a reoccurring injury that Rutherford has not seemed to shake off:
“Sadly not to be today. The ankle injury I’ve been dealing with hasn’t held up.
I think a hospital trip is in order for scans and treatment.”
— Greg Rutherford, Twitter
With the IAAF World Championships coming up in London this summer, the injury could prove damaging for the defending champion.
In what is a big set back to the long jumper, who recently claimed gold in Manchester, jumping a distance of 8.18m in the Great City Games; the Britain will hope the results come back positive following his injury in Italy.
In what was more positive news for Britain’s, Danny Talbot, who won the 200m event; Talbot ran a meet record of 20.31 seconds as his preparation for a busy summer is ahead is getting more and more encouraging.
However, Rutherford will be hoping no long-term damage has been inflicted in Italy, with one eye also looking ahead to the Briton defending his Commonwealth and European titles in 2018.