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Grabarz equals British high jump record

August 23, 2012 23:04 pm

High jumper Robbie Grabarz equalled the British record of 2.37 metres to finish third on countback in the Athletissima Diamond League meeting in Lausanne.

A clearance of 2.29m was enough to earn Grabarz a share of bronze at the Olympics, but this time Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim, who was also third in London, won with a world-leading 2.39m. Russia's Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov was second, also clearing 2.37m.

Grabarz's clearance equalled Steve Smith's 20-year-old British record.

There were also impressive performances from Lawrence Okoye, who threw 65.27m to finish second in the discus, and Steve Lewis, third in the pole vault on countback with the top four all clearing 5.80m.

Perri Shakes-Drayton was third in the 400m hurdles in 53.83s and Shara Proctor fourth in the long jump in 6.68m.

Yamile Aldama, who has struggled with a shoulder injury this summer, retired from the triple jump before her fourth attempt after two fouls and a pass.

Martyn Rooney and Conrad Williams were sixth and eighth respectively in a 400m race won by Olympic champion Kirani James in 44.37s.

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