It’s wunderbar Wuppertal as Grabarz takes his opportunity
PUBLISHED: 18:00 25 January 2012
High-jumper Robbie Grabarz announced himself on the international stage when he cleared a world-leading 2.34metres at the Internationales Springermeeting in Wuppertal, Germany on Saturday.
The Newham & Essex Beagles athlete smashed his previous personal best by five centimetres and registered the third highest UK Indoor jump of all-time.
Grabarz said: “At the end of last season I was disappointed with how I had performed all year, so my decision was to never let that happen again, it gave me great motivation to train hard this winter.
“This was my second full winter with my coach, Fuzz Ahmed, we work well together because we challenge each other at the track and away from it.
“We have used the last two years to understand each other and we are both working together to achieve the same goal.
“I have worked very hard on the mental aspect of my training this winter, as well as the physical side. I made a decision to be as good as I possibly could at what I have chosen to do, now it’s just about leaving myself alone and letting it happen. The hard training is done.
“It felt great to jump that height. Before the season started I knew heights like this and above were going to be needed to be competitive against the world’s best.”
The 24-year-old made a slow start to the competition, only clearing 2.19m and 2.23m on his final attempt.
However, Grabarz appeared to spring into life when he cleared 2.26m first time and took two attempts to clear the bar at 2.28m.
After setting a personal best of 2.30m, his next task was to clear a massive 2.34m to win the competition from Russian Alexey Dmirik, which he did on his second attempt.
After Blackburn’s Holly Bleasdale set a new British record in the pole vault, competing in France, UKA head coach Charles van Commenee said: “If Holly and Robbie manage to repeat this in the Olympic arena we will all be partying afterwards.”
■ Back home, there were several personal bests set by Beagles athletes at the SEAA Championships in Lee Valley.
Sprinter James Ellington clocked 6.69 seconds in the 60m, while Solomon Daniels finished in 7.17 over the same distance. In the under-20s race, 16-year-old Glen Toonga finished in a new best time of 7.47 and Tope Nuga clocked 7.64 in the senior women’s final.
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