Grabarz going all out for medal after making high jump final

Grabarz going all out for medal after making high jump final

11 August 2017 / 13:56

It’s medal or bust for Robbie Grabarz on Sunday as the London 2012 high jump bronze medallist targets more silverware in the London Stadium.

It took a third-attempt clearance of the automatic qualification mark to assure Grabarz of his place in that final, but having been one of just six men to clear 2.31m, the Enfield jumper is feeling confident ahead of the weekend.

He admitted that all did not go quite to plan in qualifying, though, as he struggled to calm himself in front of a vocal home crowd.

“I’ll be happy with a medal, that’s it, it’s what I’m here for, anything else and I’ll be gutted,” said the 29-year-old Newham and Essex Beagle.

“I just wanted to get that height. It was more of a mind battle, I made that a battle for myself and dealing with that crowd.

“It’s going to be bigger, it’s going to be more exciting in the final.

“I was too excited today, I ran too fast at the beginning, didn’t control it enough and nearly made a terrible mess of it.

“But getting over that height sends a message to the other guys, as not too many of us did.

“You don’t get many opportunities to come to a major champs in a home stadium - and never again in this stadium.

“I’m getting old now so I have to make the most of it now and I don’t have a world champs medal so I really want that.”

Elsewhere in the London Stadium during Friday’s morning session, British decathlete Ashley Bryant made a solid start to his campaign.

Bryant sits 17th of 32 athletes after three events, with the 26-year-old having completed the 100m, long jump and shot put at the start of a gruelling two days of competition.

An 11.14s clocking over the sprint put him in 22nd position after the 100m, before 7.44m in the long jump boosted him up to 16th.

He finished the morning with 14.09 in the shot put and lies on 2484 points, with America’s Trey Hardee currently occupying the final spot on the podium just 163 points ahead of him.


Friday also saw the heats of the 100m hurdles, with both Tiffany Porter and Alicia Barrett failing to qualify for tonight’s semi-finals.

While discus thrower Jade Lally was satisfied with her efforts in qualifying, despite also not making it through to the final.

The 30-year-old has been suffering for months with back pain, and was happy with her throw of 57.71m.

“I know I’m not supposed to be happy with not qualifying for the final but I really think it would’ve been a fairytale ending had I got there,” said the Shaftesbury Barnet AC thrower.

“So, given all the injuries that I've had from the middle of February, that’s OK, it wasn’t a bad performance, and with the added pressure of two no throws.

“I’m actually OK with that, obviously I wanted more but it wasn’t to be.


“I was eighth after my group, but there was no way I was going to get through in the top 12 after Group B had gone.

“It’s a surprisingly low standard, which is obviously frustrating, as I think that had I even been fit for a week before this it could have been different.

“Even at the Paris training camp I couldn’t throw when I got there and that was only two weeks ago.

“It’s been injections and pain-numbing things to just get some sort of feeling. So I’m happy that I turned up and I knew what I was trying to do, but unfortunately I could only do what preparation I was given, and it was limited.”

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