Rutherford ready for Moscow test
Greg Rutherford is ready for a true test of his fitness as he begins his bid to add a World Championship medal to his London 2012 crown.
Olympic long jump champion Rutherford has not competed since tearing his hamstring more than a month ago and was a late, even somewhat controversial, selection for the Great Britain team.
The 26-year-old goes into the event ranked 14th in the world after a tough follow-up year in which he has lost his sponsorship and struggled with injury.
But he is raring to go again in Moscow, saying on Twitter on Monday night: "Kit ready, body ready, mind ready. Back to the battlefield tomorrow."
Rutherford can certainly take inspiration from the performance of two of his team-mates in particular last night, as 20-year-old heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson displayed the full extent of her potential in the absence of the injured Jessica Ennis-Hill.
Personal bests in the long jump, javelin and 800 metres on the second day of competition, to go with one in the 200m on day one, had earned her a personal best haul of 6449 points, good enough for fifth and just 28 off the medals.
"It's weird to think I can target medals if I just sort out my throws."
Perri Shakes-Drayton looked very much on course for a medal as he powered into the 400m final, winning her semi impressively in 53.92 seconds.
Thursday's race will be the Londoner's first global final and she said: "I feel good, I just need to look after myself really. I've done the semi-final bit and now it's just the last bit."
Team-mate Eilidh Child ensured there would be two Britons in the final, but there will be none in the men's event as Dai Greene, whose build-up has been plagued by illness and injury, went out.
He could only finish fifth in his semi in 49.25secs and said: "It's not so much of a shock to me, it's just frustration."
Mo Farah moved a step closer to his second gold medal of the championships by taking it as easy as possible to qualify for the 5,000m final on Friday.
The double Olympic champion said the name of the game was to conserve as much energy as possible and he did just that to progress safely in fifth place.
Also in action on Wednesday is another up-and-coming youngster, with Sophie Hitchon going in hammer qualifying.