Athletics - Grabarz ready to build on glittering 2012

Robbie Grabarz bundled a whole career's worth of highlights into one whirlwind season this year but the high jumper insists he is still only just getting started in the sport.

Athletics - Grabarz ready to build on glittering 2012

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Britain's Robert Grabarz holds his national flag after placing third in the men's high jump final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 7, 2012.

At the age of 25 Grabarz already boasts an Olympic bronze medal, a European gold medal and a Diamond League crown in a glittering CV.

The fact that those titles came in 2012 is made all the more remarkable considering that in 2011 Grabarz lost his funding and was questioning his future in the sport.

Those doubts seem a million miles away now but, rather than rest on his laurels, Grabarz insists he has barely scratched the surface with the World Championships in Moscow next year to aim for.

"The year I have had with the Olympics and everything else mean that now I start every competition as a marked man," said Grabarz.

"But to be quite honest no-one is going to put more pressure on me than I am already putting on myself.

"I'm far from the finished article and we have been working hard on my technique, just ironing out the kinks and minor errors to hopefully get ready for the season to come.

"It's quite an odd position to be in because to be quite honest I'm not even at middle stage of my career, this is still the start really and there is a lot more that I want to accomplish.

"I've already got a European gold and an Olympic bronze but motivation is not going to be a problem for me, I just have to push forwards from here.

"The gold-medal winning jump in London was 2.38m; I know I have got that in my locker which gives me confidence for each competition.

"The competition is strong but, without one jumper who is miles clear of the field, at every event there are three or four of us who are going to be in with a shout.

"The World Championships are obviously going to be the big one for me now. Ivan Ukhov came to London and stole my gold so now it's my chance to go into his backyard and try and take it back."

Grabarz's personal best currently stands at 2.37m, a British record along with the retired Steve Smith who jumped the height way back in 1992.

But the Olympic bronze medallist admits that next season he is hoping to claim the record outright.

"You have to concentrate hard and I know that nothing is going to come easy now," he added.

"My personal best at the moment is 2.37m and I am desperate to get to 2.40m, that's the big target for me. I know that if can jump that height then I am going to be in the mix for the big titles.

"I currently share the British record with Steve Smith but I want to have the record on my own so that is something I am thinking about."

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