By Nick Butler

Greg Rutherford is aiming to repeat the heights of his London 2012 gold medal in 2014 ©Getty ImagesDecember 3 - Britain's Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has revealed Commonwealth Games glory is his main aim for next season as he continues his recovery from an injury disrupted 2013.

Following his leap of 8.31 metres to win Olympic gold on "Super Saturday" at London 2012, Rutherford finished down in 14th place in qualifying at this years World Championships in Moscow.

Given his injury problems earlier in the season it seemed remarkable that he even made it to Moscow, but the Briton has claimed he has now regained his confidence and his fitness and is looking ahead to the next challenge.

Speaking following the announcement of his participation at the the Glasgow British Athletics International Match in January the 27 year old described how next summer's Commonwealth Games in the Scottish city is his main aim.

He admitted he was "targeting the Commonwealth Games in 2014" before adding it "will not be easy," pointing out rivals including South Africa's Godfrey Mokoena, Jamaica's Damar Forbes and Australian Olympic silver medalist Mitchell Watt.

"Last year I didn't feel much pressure but after a disappointing year I now feel big pressure to replicate that amazing night," he said.

"I'm still aiming to achieve much more and I want to go out and win every competition I am in.

"Hopefully by the time of the Commonwealth Games I will be in a very good position."

Rutherford was one of three home champions on "Super Saturday" in London...but struggled to repeat those heights in 2013 ©Getty ImagesGreg Rutherford was one of three home champions on "Super Saturday" in London...but struggled to repeat those heights in 2013 ©Getty Images

Rutherford was also quick to admit that, led by Russia's world champion Aleksandr Menkov, the standard has risen in 2014 and that he will have to improve his level to return to the top.

"Menkov massively stepped it up last year and I take my hat off to him for that," he admitted.

"I go into every year wanting to jump further and I feel like I haven't had my special jump yet.

"I want to first become a regular 8.40m jumper which is where I see myself, but when I do retire I want to do so knowing that I've put the British record out of site for a long time."

Although he insisted that "at the end of the day I am a long jumper and that's where I learn my trade," Rutherford also showed enthusiasm in competing in more sprinting events in the future.

This has been premeditated by a switch to a new sprinting orientated training group as well as by the words of a rival - America's four time world champion Dwight Phillips - who advised him to "sprint as much as you can and do it competitively." 

He admits a place on the 4x100m relay team at Glasgow may be a step too far given the standard of fellow English sprinters, including Adam Gemili and James Desaolu, but he is focusing on "ultimately going out and running quickly".

For now though Rutherford's focus will be on his season opener in Glasgow on January 25.

He sees the event as a "tester and feeler" ahead of greater challenges to come, but also as "a good opportunity to be competitive and hopefully run relatively well."

Among those joining Rutherford in Glasgow will be high jumper Robbie Grabarz, the London 2012 bronze medallist, but who has also suffered a disappointing year.

Robbie Grabarz is another Olympic medal winner who will be opening his season in Glasgow ©Getty ImagesRobbie Grabarz is another Olympic medal winner who will be opening his season in Glasgow ©Getty Images

Like Rutherford, Grabarz is looking forward to competing in Glasgow after finishing behind Russia's Aleksey Dimitrik at the inaugural Glasgow British Athletics International Match at the Emirates Arena earlier this year.

It was Ukrainian Bohdan Bondarenko who took the event by storm winning the World title with a stunning leap of 2.41, with Grabarz languishing down in eighth position 12cm adrift.

"I had an unforgettable year in 2012 winning the Diamond League, European outdoor gold and of course the Olympic bronze medal and although 2013 didn't pan out as I quite hoped, it has made me more determined going into next year," said Grabarz.

"I've got some big targets to aim for with the World Indoors, Commonwealth Games and defending my European title, so I'm determined to reproduce my best and put myself back in medal contention."

Other names to have been confirmed so far as competing in Glasgow 2003 include 2003 world 100m champion Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis, as well as local star Elidh Child, part of Britain's world 4x400m relay bronze medal winning quartet in 2013.

After Paralympic events were first introduced last year there will also be a first match up of the year between another home star in the T44 100m world champion Jonnie Peacock and his US rival, and world record holder, Richard Browne.

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