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Weekly launches campaign to honour golden athlete

Greg MKA campaign to honour a gold medal winning athlete has been launched by a weekly newspaper.

The Milton Keynes Citizen has teamed up with the town’s mayor to call for readers to help recognise long jumper Greg Rutherford’s success.

Rutherford, pictured above left, who comes from the Citizen’s patch, won gold at the World Championships in Beijing on Tuesday.

The achievement makes him the fifth British athlete to hold an Olympic, Commonwealth, European and World gold medal at the same time.

Last year a 26ft statue of a ‘leaping man’ was built close to junction 13 of the M1.

However an article in the Citizen now suggests a road, roundabout, bridge or building could be named after him.

Keith McLean, mayor of Milton Keynes, told the paper: “This is the culmination of a lot of hard work by Greg to add to his latent talent and desire to win.

“Milton Keynes is very proud of Greg and I am sure we will find a way of recognising his achievement, after all we did paint post boxes gold after his Olympic success in 2012.

“We will find a way to recognise this latest achievement and the cumulative successes.

“As Mayor I would welcome suggestions on how the city should now recognise Greg’s achievements.”


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