Brit – Greg Rutherford risks permanent hearing loss if he continues competing
Olympic champion still plans to go to Rio this summer
Rutherford says there is a one in four chance he will have lifelong affliction
Greg Rutherford, the Olympic long jump champion, has claimed he is risking permanent hearing loss in his left ear by continuing to compete.
The 29-year-old said the whiplash injury he suffered in his last competition – the Birmingham Diamond League a month ago – had caused a severe inner ear condition.
And he admitted that were it not Olympic year, with the chance in Rio to defend the title he won at London 2012, he would probably be taking time away from the sport to get the problem fixed.
Rutherford said there was a one in four chance the problem, called cochlear hydrops, would become a lifelong affliction.