Darren Gough: Sir Steve Redgrave had to go off a higher jump to beat me

“I wasn’t allowed to go any higher. On the smallest jump I’d probably out jump everyone,” reckons the former cricketer

Former cricketer Darren Gough was eliminated from The Jump last night, after Olympian Sir Steve Redgrave landed a bigger jump than him.


The two sportsmen went head-to-head after their times in the skeleton left them in the bottom two.

Gough admits he wanted to jump off of a higher jump, but wasn’t allowed due to injuries.

“My body’s just about stuck together,” the former cricketer told RadioTimes.com. “Of course I wanted to go higher, it was a disappointment. I wasn’t allowed to go higher. It was my decision as well as theirs, you have to be sensible.”

And Gough says that decision had an impact on Redgrave’s jump: “He had to go off of the middle. On the smallest one I’d probably out-jump everyone.”

Listing a sprained wrist, cracked rib, ligament damage and a gash in his right leg among his many injuries, Gough admits that if anyone was going to get hurt, it was going to be him.

“I push myself to the limit. I’ve been an adrenalin junkie all my life.

“I’m very competitive. Steve pulled it out of the bag. He’s the only one in the show that could have rescued that jump from the way it was going when he took off. That’s why he’s got five Olympic gold medals.”

Following his elimination, Gough is backing new recruit, X Factor winner Joe McElderry, to win the winter sports reality show. McElderry jumped his way into the show last night, to replace fashionista Henry Conway, who has broken his hand in seven places.

“I’d back Joe to win and Anthea Turner is the dark horse,” said Gough.

“Marcus Brigstocke is a great skier. If he can avoid the jump he’ll be in the final.”

The Jump continues tonight at 8:00pm on Channel 4