Ahead of his IAAF World Championship title defence in August, current world long jump champion Greg Rutherford believes the Müller Anniversary Games, at the London Stadium on Sunday 9th July, will be his biggest test.
An IAAF Diamond League meeting, the Müller Anniversary Games has extra significance this year, with the IAAF World Championships being staged on the same track just four weeks later.
The star-studded meeting will be the final competition for many of the world’s top athletes ahead of the IAAF World Championships.
Rutherford said: “I can’t wait for the Müller Anniversary Games, it will be a great opportunity for me to test myself ahead of the IAAF World Championships”.
Rutherford retained his European title last summer and followed that with an Olympic bronze medal in Rio.
The former Olympic champion is determined to be at his best outdoors this season, particularly at the Müller Anniversary Games, where he believes the level of competition, atmosphere and excitement are second to none.
“It’s always very special for me to compete in London, I’m sure it will be an amazing send off for the British team ahead of the World Championships. I’m a competitive person so I have missed being out there competing in the last few months, but I’m raring to go and looking forward to getting back on the track soon.” said Rutherford.
Niels de Vos, Chief Executive of British Athletics, added: “The Müller Anniversary Games will be the stand-out Diamond League event in the world this year. Its proximity to the IAAF World Championships means that it matters more than ever. All the world’s best athletes will want to compete so fans can look forward to seeing the best talent in the world all together on one amazing afternoon of athletics.”