MK-based long jumper Greg Rutherford has confirmed he will retire from athletics after this summer’s season.

The athlete confirmed the news on his Instagram account yesterday (12/06). Before doing so, he will be competing in the Diamond League in Birmingham and the Anniversary Games in London, and he also hopes to compete in the European Championships, which are taking place in Berlin in August.

In a statement on his Instagram page, he said, “I’m incredibly proud of my career. I’ve achieved so much but retirement comes early to those of us for whom sport is a livelihood. It only feels like yesterday I was winning my first major medal but now 12 years on, I sit here as the greatest long jumper Great Britain has ever had, one of the most successful in European history and someone ready to hang the spikes up for good.

“Thank you for all your love and support over the years. It’s been a blast & your kind comments have always given me a push in the right direction.”

Rutherford confirmed in a number of interviews that his decision was partly motivated by injuries, with the 31-year-old having struggled with ankle and hamstring injuries in recent years.

The athlete bows out with a professional record that includes gold at the 2012 Olympics, bronze at the 2016 Olympics, and gold medals in the Commonwealth Games, World Athletics Championships and European Championships, as well as holding the British record.