Newham & Essex Beagles’ Grabarz delighted with Doha effort

PUBLISHED: 12:30 08 May 2017

Robbie Grabarz in high jump action (pic David Davies/PA)

Robbie Grabarz in high jump action (pic David Davies/PA)

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High-jumper finishes second in Diamond League meet

A delighted Robbie Grabarz was delighted to achieve his target in his IAAF Diamond League season opener in Doha, Qatar, writes Ziad Chaudry.

The 29-year-old Newham & Essex Beagles athlete, who was competing in his first outdoor meeting this season, produced an excellent 2.31m clearance in the men’s high jump to finish second behind home favourite Mutaz Essa Barshim (2.36), while Bahamas 2007 world champion Donald Thompson came third with 2.29.

“I wanted to jump at least 2.30 so that was the target achieved,” said Grabarz, who picked up a silver medal at the European Indoors in Belgrade, Serbia in March.

“It was just nice to compete and try to win, that’s what I’m here for and it was really enjoyable.

“They are the best guys in the world that’s why they are here. Obviously there is a few names missing, but it was a great start.”

The weather on the afternoon of the competition in the Qatari capital reached a sizzling 40 degrees but as it cooled down a few hours later Grabarz found the conditions ideal for jumping.

He added: “The conditions here are not too bad actually because it gets cooler later in the evening. If it stays like it did when I started warm-up about half past four then it would be bad.

“It’s nice, you don’t have to do so much warming up and don’t have to worry about getting cold in between jumps.

“Your concentration is probably the hardest thing. You either just get distracted or you just lose a bit of focus, but apart from that it’s fun I love it.”

Grabarz clearly loves competing in the IAAF Diamond League Doha event, as this was his third appearance and he says the atmosphere at Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium is always special.

“The noise is always amazing here. It’s just lots of noise, but it’s just fantastic and it’s a great atmosphere because of it,” said Grabarz, who continues his IAAF Diamond League campaign in Shanghai, China.

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