Grabarz not looking to lay down marker at Birmingham Grand Prix
OLYMPIC bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz insists he is not looking to claim a psychological scalp on his Rio 2016 rivals at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix on Sunday.
BACK AT IT: Robbie Grabarz will line up at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix on Sunday, his first competition in the UK since winning Olympic bronze
The 24-year-old high jumper will make his second competitive appearance since being involved in a three-way tie for bronze at London 2012 this weekend.
Grabarz cleared 2.29m at the Olympic Stadium but failed to make inroads as the height increased to 2.33m with Essa Mutaz Barshim and Derek Drouin also suffering the same fate.
His medal hopes were boosted after defending champion Andrey Silnov and world champion Jesse Williams failed to clear 2.29m however both will be in Birmingham looking for revenge.
Ivan Ukhov, who took gold at London 2012, will also be in action at the Alexander Stadium but Grabarz doesn't see the merit in signalling his Rio 2016 gold medal intent just yet.
"Rio is four years away and I'm not looking to lay down a marker this weekend," said Grabarz. "Four years is a long time and there could be different athletes, although many are around my age and should be at Rio.
"There is a lot of fire in the stomach for Rio and over the next four years I will be training mentally as well as physically and technically and really getting to learn my trade.
"There will be more experience in the field but I will also have more experience. I need to add five per-cent to all parts of my game and I feel in no way maxed out yet.
"I love competing with these guys and I can't wait to compete in front of a home crowd again. I think it is going to be fantastic."
While there won't be 80,000 at the Alexander Stadium on Sunday, there will be a capacity crowd of 12,800 and Grabarz knows exactly how much difference home support makes.
"At the Olympics the whole stadium was chanting my name and I was actually distracted a little on my 2.33m jump," he added.
"But I will never experience that atmosphere or pressure again and I was really proud with how I handled it."
Back the team and watch the world's best athletes in action at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix at the Alexander Stadium this Sunday. Live coverage on BBC2 from 1.30-5pm.
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