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Stars of 2009: Long jumpers

Despite having her lottery funding taken away Jade Johnson seems to be back on form again, while Greg Rutherford will hope his injuries don't overshadow his huge potential.

Edwards says on:
Jade Johnson, 28
"She was looking so good until her injury woe five years ago. She bounced back last year with second in the European Cup and seventh in the Olympic final.

"Hopefully she's on her way back and she shouldn't have to bust a gut to stay in shape. We all thought we'd seen the best of her. Perhaps a fairytale awaiting?

Greg Rutherford, 22
"He was very disappointing in Beijing. He has still got a lot of work to do with his technique but he's got great speed and could be right in the mix.

"Apart from Panama's Olympic champion Irving Saladino, the long jump event is quite open and he's capable of 8.20-40m. It's time to make the next step up but he is a very exciting jumper."

see also
GB athletes hit by funding cuts
05 Nov 08 |  Athletics
Rutherford finds form at trials
12 Jul 08 |  Athletics

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