Rutherford to hold long jump competition in back yard

WOBURN SANDS, England (AP) Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford is planning to host an event in his backyard.

The long jump competition will be held in September on an officially-certified runway at the British athlete's home in Woburn Sands, near Milton Keynes.

Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor, world silver medalist Fabrice Lapierre and Olympic silver medalist Mitchell Watt have expressed interest in the event.

Rutherford says he is seeking funding to pay the athletes taking part.

Rutherford says ''we are going to get a grandstand for maybe 50 or 100 people, put it right next to the runway pit and after have a party in the garden.''