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Rutherford out to complete set by jumping to World Indoor joy


By Phil Casey

Greg Rutherford will target the one global title he has yet to win after being named in Britain's team for the World Indoor Championships from March 1-4.

Rutherford put his injury nightmare behind him to win the British title at Arena Birmingham on Saturday, his first competition since June following groin and ankle operations.

Although the former Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth champion did not achieve the long jump qualifying standard of 8.19m, Britain - as the host nation - are permitted to enter one athlete in an event where they do not have any representation otherwise.

Rutherford admitted he feared for his career after competing just three times in 2017 and missing out on the chance to defend his world title in London.

Former Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz and Morgan Lake will contest the men's and women's high jump thanks to host nation places.

Elliot Giles also gets a place in the 800m, but the IAAF turned down an application for a host nation slot for pole vaulter Adam Hague. Double European indoor champion Laura Muir has been selected to contest both the 1,500m and 3,000m at Arena Birmingham in a 31-strong team.

Neil Black, performance director at British Athletics, said: "This year is an amazing year for our athletes and we look forward to seeing how they perform."

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