Grabarz raising the bar for Rio
Published 3 June 2016
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Robbie Grabarz first leapt into the spotlight when he won high jump bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Four years on, the 28-year-old has his sights set even higher.
"The Olympic Games in Rio are the Holy Grail and to be back in fighting form again leading into the Games is such a thrill,” he said.
"Winning bronze in London was amazing but I'm going to do everything I possibly can to win take the gold medal this time. That's the motivation and why I get out of bed to train so hard. That's why I do that I do.
"I want to arrive there in the best shape of my life and see what I can achieve.”
The Birmingham-based athlete has spent the past year battling back from a knee injury and subsequent surgery that set his preparations back some way.
But after an intense winter of training, the 6’3” Londoner returned to form in emphatic fashion, winning a silver medal at the World Indoor Championships in Portland in March.
“Just being there at the World Indoors meant a lot to me after what I've been through with injury and I was absolutely ecstatic when I cleared that bar,” he explained.
“When it became clear I was going to win a medal, it was really exciting for me after coming back from my injuries and such a long time out.
"It was a tough competition and has now given me a massive confidence boost to take that form into the summer.”
“We have the best in the world coming to Birmingham for the Diamond League and people will get to see what I mean. It's an incredible event with remarkable athletes performing amazing feats. The competition at world level is driving up standards.
"Birmingham feels like my home town now, so it's really exciting to compete against the best guys in the world and the athletes who'll probably be there in an Olympic final.
"The support from the home crowd is brilliant and makes it so much more special to know you've got your home fans behind you.”
When it comes to which event fans should be looking forward to, Grabarz doesn’t hesitate.
"Others will probably disagree but I believe the men’s high jump is the most exciting event in track and field in 2016. The quality of the event is amazing.”
Robbie Grabarz is one of 1,300 athletes supported by UK Sport’s National Lottery funded World Class Programme.
Tickets are still available to see Robbie and the rest of the British Athletics squad at the Birmingham Diamond League, part of UK Sport’s National Lottery backed #EveryRoadtoRio campaign, on Sunday 5 June here.