Rutherford won the Bahamas its first World Championship medal with a bronze in the 1987 IAAF World Indoor Championships.
He was the US Indoor Track and Field champion in the triple jump in
1991 and still currently holds the triple jump record for the University
of Houston. He followed that with winning a silver medal at the 1992
World Cup in Havana, Cuba. His personal best was 17.41 metres, a
Bahamian record that has later been beaten by Leevan Sands.
Rutherford is considered the Olympic pioneer in the Bahamas because he
was the first to win medals at the Olympic and World Championship
levels. He is considered the Father of Track and Field in the Bahamas.
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