Greg Rutherford retires: ‘I just don’t want to be in pain every day of my life’ | Sean Ingle

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Exclusive: The former Olympic long jump champion will retire after the summer due to ongoing injury and has his sights on cycling

“At times I am in so much pain I can’t even sit on the floor and play with my two kids,” says Greg Rutherford as he revs himself up for his greatest leap into the unknown. “I still feel I am fast. I still feel as if I am super strong. But whenever I try to sprint or jump I have to take three days off because I am limping so much. In the end it wears you down.”

Suddenly it all comes rushing out: the fact that he has been wrestling with retirement for three months because of a serious injury to his left ankle; how he has gone through the five stages of grief – from denial, anger, bargaining and depression to, finally, acceptance; and then, for the first time, how he will definitely end his career this summer.

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Written by Sean Ingle
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/12/greg-rutherford-retires-sean-ingle-athletics under the title “Greg Rutherford retires: ‘I just don’t want to be in pain every day of my life’ | Sean Ingle”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.