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Brit Rutherford can claim Olympic gold in the long jump

| 12.07.2012

British athlete Greg Rutherford has been installed as the big 5/2 favourite to win the Olympic long jump competition.

He’s hit form at exactly the right time and recorded his personal best of 8.37meters back in May – the longest jump anywhere in the world this year.

However, the athlete – who also competes in the 100meters – has suffered a recent setback and was forced to pull out of a event in Spain halfway through with cramp.

He assured his followers on Twitter that it was only a precautionary measure though and believes he’ll be back to his best for London at the end of this month.

His cause won’t be helped by the fact that fellow Brit Chris Tomlinson produced his best leap of the season to claim the title in Madrid.

Tomlinson isn’t expected to challenge for a medal in London and is out at 33/1 to claim gold.

With the home crowd cheering him on though, a patriotic punt on him to finish with a medal with an each-way bet may be worth consideration.

Australian Mitchell Watt is second favourite at 3/1 and the rapidly improving athlete looks a very decent bet.

He’s finished amongst the medals in all of his major meets so far in his career and, with Rutherford’s preparations hitting a bit of a wobble, that could lead to a very decent pay out.

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Richard Anderson