European Indoor Championships: Robbie Grabarz hits top form
Last Updated: 10/02/13 9:44pm
Robbie Grabarz: Almost broke the national record
Olympic high jump bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz set a season's best as he continued his build-up towards the European Indoor Championships at the trials in Sheffield.
The 25-year-old easily claimed the UK Championship title with a clearance of 2.31 metres and he then went close to setting a new national record.
Having raised the bar to what would have been a world-leading height of 2.39m, Grabarz's first effort went all wrong and he carried the bar off in his hands after trying to abort his run-up.
But his second and third efforts were much closer and he thinks the record should be attainable in the near future.
"I think I will get it easily, especially after today," said Grabarz, who will bid to add the European Indoor title in Gothenburg to his outdoor crown in March.
"The first two were a little ropey but it wasn't because I couldn't clear it, it was just because it was my second competition of the year, and only my fifth jump of the day.
"I'm not doing many competitions indoors so, when I do, it's nice to come out and show my training is working. Obviously I didn't clear it, but I wanted to go straight for the world lead after I took the title.
"The target is to win in Gothenburg and I am looking forward to it."
World indoor champion Yamile Aldama won the triple jump but the 40-year-old was slightly disappointed with her winning distance of 13.44m.
"It feels good to defend the title, winning is always good," she said. "I wasn't happy with the distance but I'm coming back slowly after the (shoulder) surgery that I had at the end of September."
In the 400m, Eilidh Child, who set a new Scottish record of 52.06 seconds in the heats on Saturday, claimed the title in 52.13secs ahead of defending champion Shana Cox (52.97).
The hurdles specialist said: "I'm over the moon, I just wanted to win it. I've had so many silvers at UK Championships before, so it's great to finally get a gold."
Her fellow Scot Laura Muir won the 1500m to book her place in the team for Gothenburg while officials needed a photo finish to determine that defending champion Joe Thomas had beaten Mukhtar Mohammed in the men's 800m.