Rio 2016: Grabarz goes close in high jump final

PUBLISHED: 07:47 17 August 2016 | UPDATED: 07:47 17 August 2016

Great Britain's Robert Grabarz competes in the high jump final at the Olympic Stadium in Rio (pic: Mike Egerton/PA Wire)

Great Britain's Robert Grabarz competes in the high jump final at the Olympic Stadium in Rio (pic: Mike Egerton/PA Wire)

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Beagle misses medal on countback

Newham & Essex Beagles’ Robbie Grabarz missed out on a medal in the men’s Olympic high jump on countback in Rio last night.

The 28-year-old jumped a season’s best 2.33m in the final, but finished in fourth place after a costly miss at 2.25m as Ukrainian Bohdan Bondarenko took bronze.

Bondarenko missed his first attempt at 2.33, but that was his first failed jump in the competition and Grabarz, who won bronze at the London 2012 Games, said: “It was my own mistake at 2.25m and that’s cost me a medal.

“It’s a pretty upsetting and a frustrating place to be but Olympic fourth is still something to be pretty damn proud of.”

“It was distracting [arguing a clear jump after a white flag was raised for his attempt at 2.33m before the bar eventually fell], but you come prepared for any eventuality.

“You have to know the rules and you have to argue the rules sometimes and that’s what I did there. Then I just had to regroup and go to the next bar. I’m really happy and I’m really proud of it. Being that close to a medal is what’s really frustrating.

“If someone said even six weeks ago that you’re going to come fourth I’d have been really chuffed. But in the heat of the moment when it is that close you are absolutely gutted.”

Grabarz’s Beagles team-mate Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake returns to the track tonight to compete in the semi-finals of the 200m.

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