Greg Rutherford to miss European Indoors in Prague

Greg Rutherford
Greg Rutherford won the long jump at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix last week

Olympic long jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford has withdrawn from the Great Britain squad for the European Indoor Championships in Prague.

The 28-year-old was named in a 39-strong GB squadexternal-link for the event which starts on 5 March.

However, he has decided to concentrate on preparing for the outdoor season.

"While I would have loved to compete at the European Indoor Championships, I have decided to remove myself after a long deliberation," said Rutherford.

Rutherford set an indoor personal best of 8.17m in Birmingham last week.

His jump was one centimetre behind Chris Tomlinson's British indoor record.

But Rutherford has now decided to let his body recover from the competition fully and concentrate on the outdoor season ahead.

Rutherford is targeting the 2015 World Championships in Beijing between 20-30 August.

He added: "My body still hasn't fully recovered from the Grand Prix.

"With an incredibly important summer coming up where I intend on giving it my all to win the World Championships in Beijing, I've decided to keep my focus purely on the summer season."

Sprint hurdler Lawrence Clarke has been named captain of the team for the event.