On August 4, 2012, a 25-year-old from Milton Keynes joined Jess Ennis and Mo Farah on the greatest ever night in British Athletics History. He leapt 8.31m, winning himself gold and the adoration of a nation...
From my point of view, it was entirely about winning. We’re never going to have a crowd as hyped as that again – it was the ultimate opportunity. If I’d have walked away with a silver or a bronze, I’d have been devastated.
Nobody was counting on me to win. It was a good thing because I could just get my head down and get on with it. I knew how good a shape I was in. I knew that I was ready. Nobody expected me to be able to do it because I’ve had so many things go wrong in the past.
When they announced my name to the crowd there was a massive roar. That got me ever so slightly emotional. For a second, you just have to check yourself and realise again why you’re there.
I want to go down as one of the greatest ever long jumpers. I don’t want to be someone that won a major championship once and then fizzled out. I want to win multiple medals and I want to jump much further.
I’ve considered giving freerunning a go. It looks like a lot of fun. I’ve never really done it but a few of years ago I thought about it. Especially when things weren’t going as well with track. Those guys seem to have a great time. My body’s probably a bit too valuable at the moment. Once my career is dwindling and failing, maybe I could do that.
If you don’t like sand, don’t become a jumper. I’ll get in from training and have a shower. Then before bed I’ll have another shower. I’ll get into bed, and there’ll still be sand in there somewhere! You find it in all of the interesting places that you could imagine.
Technology is very important in my life. Things like my phone. I’m travelling the world a lot of the time, so it’s very important to keep in touch with my family.
I spend almost half the year away from home. I think it works out at five or six months of the year, roughly - travelling to competitions, training camps, stuff like that. That's quite a long time.
Having a phone is exceptionally important. You have a phone that you can use anywhere, is pretty good and can help organise your life - that’s something that is very important to someone like myself. When you're on the move, it’s not always easy to just sit in front of a computer. I have the iPhone 5. It’s a lovely phone. I’ve had a flick on the old 4G as well, which was quite exciting. That’s something that I’m getting connected to pretty quickly.
Greg was involved with the launch of EE, the UK’s first superfast 4G mobile and fibre broadband network