Ahmed praises revitalised Grabarz

08 August 2012 / 19:08

The coach of high jumper Robbie Grabarz believes his rise from the "lowest of the low" to Olympic medallist could be made into a film.

But Fuzz Ahmed feels there are plenty more scenes still to be scripted, with the 24-year-old's rapid progress over the past nine months an indication of bigger things to come. Grabarz won a share of the bronze medal at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night, yet was a near unknown at the start of the year.

"What Robbie achieved from that point, it's like a little film," the coach said. "I think there's a little film here in the making."

He finished 2011 ranked 28th in the world and with his lottery funding taken away, although a change in attitude had already sewn the seeds of improvement.

Grabarz considered quitting athletics last year to restore classic cars for a living before a few harsh words from Ahmed turned his career around.

Ahmed said: "He took it very well and then he came back a couple of days later and said 'I will give you 100%'. I went home to my wife and I said 'find the odds on Robbie Grabarz winning an Olympic medal'.

"And we couldn't find them. We couldn't find them anywhere because that's how down he was. He was the lowest of the low.

"But you can see in nine months a big improvement."

Grabarz may try to hand over the credit for the transformation of his fortunes, but Ahmed is not keen to take it.

"He made the decision and every training session for the next nine months was exceptional," he said. "There was not one moment I had to say 'hey, switch on'."