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Strictly training 'a massive surprise' for athlete Greg Rutherford

Strictly Come Dancing contestant and professional athlete Greg Rutherford has said he is struggling with the idea of "not being good" at a physical sport as the competition heightens.

He said that, while the BBC One dance contest is a "really fun project", he has found the particular type of exercise tough.

The Team GB athlete, 29, told the Press Association: "Strictly training has been a massive surprise.

"It's very difficult for me to not be good at something that's physical, because normally when I try a sport I can progress quite quickly with it.

"This one is so hard, I can't even explain. Long, long hours, much longer than what I do for track, but very different.

"Track tires me out because there's so much impact. Dancing is just constant, that's the problem. But it's a really fun project and I'm enjoying it."

His comments came as he attended the NFL (National Football League) VIP launch party in central London on Thursday night, in a rare night off from his dance training.

Just two days before performing in the next round of Strictly, which kicks off at 6.35pm on Saturday, he said: "Most of them (the other contestants) worry me, to be totally honest.

"One thing I can accept is when I'm not good at something, and I'm not a good dancer.

"I have strength on my side so I've been able to hide behind lifts a little bit, but Danny (Mac), Ore (Oduba), Louise (Redknapp), so many of them are fantastic dancers.

"I'm just chuffed I didn't go out in the first week, if I'm honest."

He added that the competition had seen him take a temporary step out from his favourite hobbies, including American football.

Pleased to have the time to attend Thursday night's event, he added: "I've been so out of the loop because I've been so busy with the dancing.

"This is a real rarity for me just to come out and do something rather than dancing, so I'm really behind on NFL this season, which is a massive shame.

"But it's something that I love and as and when the dancing stops, there'll still be some of the football season left."

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