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Robbie jumps to Olympic success

8 August 2012

Former Loughborough College student and Loughborough Students Athletics Club member Robbie Grabarz has won an Olympic bronze medal in the men’s high jump.

Robbie, who is the current European Champion, cleared 2.25m and 2.29m with his first two jumps.

But at 2.33m he clipped the bar on each of his three attempts which placed him in joint third place alongside Canada's Derek Drouin and Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim.

Russia's two-time European indoor champion Ivan Ukhov won the gold with a clearance of 2.38m.

Speaking to the BBC after the event Robbie said:

"If someone had said I would get a bronze at London 2012 at any point of my life, I would have bitten their hand off.

"I had been wasting too much time and not applying myself. My coach sat me down last year and gave me a good telling off - to put it nicely.

"He told me to stop wasting his time and my time, go away and if I didn't want it then don't come back. I'm here and I've got a medal. I'm so happy."

Robbie is coached by Fuzz Ahmed and is a regular visitor to the University.  He is currently ranked number 3 in the world and has cleared 2.36m indoors and outdoors.

Robbie’s achievement follows in the footsteps of Steve Smith who was the last Britain to win a medal in the high jump with bronze in 1996.

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