Greg Rutherford
Greg Rutherford secured World Championship gold in Beijing last month AFP

Greg Rutherford added IAAF Diamond League champion to his substantial list of career achievements on 3 September after long jump victory at the Weltklasse Zurich meeting saw him extend a sizeable and insurmountable lead over main rival Marquis Dendy.

The 28-year-old, who took gold alongside Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill on 'Super Saturday' at the London 2012 Olympics before triumphing at the European Championships and Commonwealth Games last summer, went into the penultimate meet of the season on a significant high having already completed his set of major titles by becoming world champion in Beijing less than two weeks before.


On the night, Rutherford recorded a jump of 8.32m to beat Dendy and go 11 points ahead of the American in the overall standings. After his latest success was guaranteed, he said: "It was very important to come out here and to win again. I still managed to come out on top, so I am absolutely over the moon. The other jumpers maybe said, 'We are going to take him in Zurich'. But it did not work. This victory means a hell of a lot to me. It is the last crown for me."

Next on the agenda for the increasingly outspoken Rutherford is likely to be clear-the-air talks with UK Athletics. He has been very critical indeed of the organisation in recent times, bemoaning the apparent existence and impacts of a 'class system' and blasting the removal of the Union Jack flag from Great Britain's vests for the recent World Championships.

Elsewhere at the Stadion Letzigrund, Jamaican Olympic and two-time world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took the women's 100m crown after recording a time of 10.93secs to finish ahead of Blessing Okagbare and Torie Bowie.