GRABARZ IS READY FOR GOLD
HAVING missed out on competing in Glasgow in 2014 due to a knee injury, England’s Robbie Grabarz will be out to make amends and has a good chance of victory in this his first Commonwealth Games, but two Bahamian athletes will prove strong opposition.
Grabarz, the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, has a solid championship record, although he will want to forget his most recent outing when he struggled in ninth at the World Indoors.
Donald Thomas, the 2007 world champion, is still going strong at the age of 33 and, with 2.31m indoors to his name this winter, is in shape to regain his 2010 title. Bahamas teammate Jamal Wilson has jumped the same height this year, although that was a PB for him.
The nature of the high jump means several outsiders will fancy their odds and among these is Canada’s Django Lovett, fresh from a PB of 2.29m in January, and 2014 bronze medallist Michael Mason.
England’s Chris Baker jumped 2.36m in 2016, but has not got into the 2.30s since then. His 19-year-old teammate Tom Gale was jumping 1.80m-odd and was a mere Wiltshire champion at the time of Glasgow 2014, but his 2.30m last year suggests he is in with a shout.
Scotland’s hopes rest on Allan Smith and David Smith.
Robbie Grabarz: keen to bounce back from World Indoors disappointment