Looking back at the event in London last year where Rutherford took gold in front of a home crowd with 8.31m, the shortest distance to win an Olympic gold since 1972, Taylor explains why he is considering to go on double duty: “Because I have a wild card in the triple jump as the defending champion, I am absolutely going to try the long jump at the US trials. There are no outstanding marks right now, so I think it is really any man’s game to take that gold in Russia.”
“When we ‘re in Florida for warm weather training, I’ll be running 200s and hopefully a 4×100 – we’re trying to get on a 4×1 with Harry, James and Dwain and see how that works, but I’m really excited about it. And then at the end of April my first jump competition will be at Drake Relays. “
Despite his success in recent years and athletics being an individual sport, the double duty jumper sees the importance of being in a mixed training group: “I think I’m benefitting more from them than they are from me, especially speed-wise.