Grabarz: More to come
Robbie Grabarz believes he can push himself to further heights next season after sharing high jump bronze at London 2012.
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The 24-year-old from St Neots will compete at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix this Sunday as the athletics season draws to a close, but he is already setting himself higher targets for next year.
Grabarz, who became Britain's first European champion for 50 years in June, cleared 2.29 metres in the Olympic Stadium to share third place but believes he has the potential for much more as he starts the long preparation for Rio 2016.
"Last year I would have bitten anyone's hand off to be in that Olympic final let along get a medal," Grabarz said.
"Looking back, even immediately I was frustrated with only jumping 2.29.
"There's loads of improvements [I can make] and I no way feel maxed out in any area. I know there's a lot to work on and my coach and I will sit down at the end of the season and discuss where we want to go.
"You're adding small percentages to what you've already got. If every competition I jump one bar higher that would be phenomenal and going into next year that's what I'm looking to do and with the support of UK Athletics it will be even easier for me."
The Enfield-born athlete set a personal best of 2.36m in New York in June and knows he had the potential to do more at the Olympics.
He said: "I could have jumped higher and I should have jumped higher but at the same time I'm not letting that detract from the fact that I got an Olympic bronze medal.
"Coming from 44th in the world to winning an Olympic medal is no mean feat and it's a credit to the hard work I've done and it feels like I've been rewarded very well for it, but there's always going to be a little bit of me that wants more."
Grabarz will be taking on Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov, 2008 Olympic champion Andrey Silnov and world champion Jesse Williams in the UK's final Samsung Diamond League meet of the year this weekend in what he believes will be a much more relaxed event in front of a home crowd.
"I love jumping against these guys. I'm really excited to jump against them again in front of a home crowd, just five minutes from my front door so it's going to be fantastic," Grabarz said.
"It's the part of the season where you can enjoy yourself and let yourself relax into the competition and try and jump as high as possible in front of another home crowd. "It's the end of the season and everyone has relaxed just a bit and there's a few more meets left to jump."
With the season still to end, unlike other athletes, Grabarz is yet to enjoy his Olympic homecoming.
"Things are being held back for me at the moment because I've still got competitions left to do," he said.
"We've tried to plan it so I'm not too distracted and keep on performing the rest of August. When September hits I'm sure fun things will come to light and I will be paraded round the town centre."