Team GB: Greg Rutherford makes international bobsleigh debut

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Greg Rutherford makes international bobsleigh debut as London 2012 hero continues charge towards Winter Olympics dream… but faces tight battle to qualify after only finishing 17th

  • Greg Rutherford made his international bobsleigh debut in Germany on Sunday 
  • The London 2012 hero is attempting to compete at the Winter Olympics this year
  • However, he faces a tight battle after only finishing 175h in Winterberg, Germany


Greg Rutherford made his international bobsleigh debut on Sunday – but remains in a tight battle to qualify for the Olympics after only finishing 17th in Winterberg, Germany.

Racing as part of Lamin Deen’s four-man crew, the London 2012 long jump gold medallist is pushing to reach the Winter Olympics in Beijing, which start next month.

Deen’s team are yet to qualify and have only one more World Cup race in St Moritz, beginning on Friday. Rutherford’s bid to compete in the Olympics in a new sport was rocked by a shoulder injury in November.

Greg Rutherford made his international bobsleigh debut in Winterberg, Germany on Sunday

Greg Rutherford made his international bobsleigh debut in Winterberg, Germany on Sunday

Britain’s No 1 team in the four-man bobsleigh, led by Brad Hall, claimed their third second-placed finish of the season. They are currently ranked fourth in the world going into Beijing.

Rutherford is best remembered for his role in a memorable night in London almost 10 years ago, when he won gold to add to Sir Mo Farah and Dame Jessica Ennis’s triumphs in the capital. 

The 35-year-old remains Britain’s record holder in both indoor and outdoor long jump, and won gold in the World Championships in 2015. 

However he faces a tight battle to reach the Winter Olympics after placing in only 17th

However he faces a tight battle to reach the Winter Olympics after placing in only 17th

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