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Greg Rutherford leads British charge in Birmingham

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Greg Rutherford has continued his excellent run of form by winning the long jump at the Birmingham Grand Prix.

Rutherford, an Olympic champion, recorded the third best jump in the world this year with a leap of 8.35m. His victory follows a remarkable 12 months where he has set a new British record of 8.51m and added Commonwealth and European golds to his famous triumph in 2012.

Responding to ideal conditions and a vibrant crowd, Rutherford laid down an immediate marker of 8.11m. American Michael Hartfield was quick to counter, leaping to an impressive 8.23m. However, just moments later, Rutherford had provided the contest-ending blow, producing a season best and stadium record jump.

"Everything's been going great this year so far," he said. "I've just come back from a torn abductor, so it's always a bit of a surprise to do this well three weeks after an injury.

"I'm just chuffed. I still need to be faster, but when you get quicker, things change. I have had to move my run back by a metre to adjust, but it was spot on today. A job well done."

Rutherford's compatriot Dan Bramble came third with a best jump of 8.17m, while Chris Tomlinson recorded a season best jump of 7.96m to finish in seventh.

Rutherford's achievement was eclipsed only by Adam Gemili, who is now the first British athlete to record sub-10 and -20 second times in the 100m and 200m. Dina Asher-Smith followed up her British 100m record with a personal best in the women's 200m, only just being edged out of first place by Jeneba Tarmoh and Olympic champion Allyson Felix by one millisecond.

Laura Weightman pipped Maureen Koster to third place in the 1500m by just a fifth of a second, while there was controversy in the men's javelin as Julius Yego threw a new world lead, area record and Diamond League record of 91.39m that was initially ruled out for being outside the line.