GRABARZ IS READY FOR GOLD

Athletics Weekly - - Commonwealth Games - PH

High jump

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

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