No silver lining for Beagle Grabarz as he misses out on high jump victory
PUBLISHED: 16:05 16 February 2012
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Newham & Essex Beagles high jumper Robbie Grabarz admitted there was little silver lining to his second-place finish at the Indoor UK Trials and Championships – but all will soon be forgotten if he reaches the world final next month.
The 24-year-old arrived at the EIS in Sheffield full of confidence, having recently bumped his personal best up to 2.34metres.
But in the final he could only manage a best clearance of 2.23m as gold went to Samson Oni.
As a result, Grabarz, who finished second in the same competition a year ago, before heading to the European Indoor Championships in Paris, cut a forlorn figure in defeat.
But having already cleared the qualification height, he has high hopes of a trip to Turkey – and Grabarz admits that would heal the wounds.
“That was very disappointing, it was my worst performance of the year, second place is not something I wanted,” he said.
“I’m just not happy with that performance. I felt great coming here, but it’s always very interrupted here. I need to make sure I’m focused and ready to be told to wait and wait for people running across my run-up.
“First step for the Worlds is to make the final and then in the final who knows.”
Also looking to make the trip to Turkey is 1,500m runner Frank Baddick, who claimed bronze with a personal best 3.46.88 minutes.
But the 26-year-old admits he is more focused on the upcoming outdoor season.
“I’m very pleased with the bronze, it’s my first senior indoor medal so it felt great,” he said. “It was slow to start with, but I’m a happy boy.
“I’m probably in that bracket of people that are not good enough to be looking at the worlds. If I run sub 3.40 that would be the dream, but to better this performance would be ideal.”
Also on the track, Gianni Frankis took advantage of favourite Lawrence Clarke’s disqualification for a false start to place second in the 60m hurdles, clocking 7.72.
While in the ‘B’ race, Alex Al Ameen was also second in 8.04.
In the pole vault, Steve Lewis had to settle for second place, despite two solid attempts at clearing 5.62m.
Lewis registered a best on the day of 5.45m, the same distance as Beagles club-mate Max Eaves, who placed third.
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