St Neots high jumper Robbie Grabarz wins bronze in London 2012

ST Neots athlete Robbie Grabarz won a bronze medal in Olympic high jump last night (Tuesday).

The 24-year-old jumped 2.29 metres to take third behind Russia’s Ivan Ukhov who cleared 2.38 metres and American Erik Kynard who managed 2.33 metres.

He will share the third spot on the podium with Canada’s Derek Drouin and Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim who also cleared 2.29 metres.

It seems like fiction to me,” Grabarz told the BBC. “It’s incredible. I’m really proud.

“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.”

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Grabarz brings the total of Huntingdonshire medals to four, adding his bronze to Louis Smith’s silver and bronze and Sam Oldham’s bronze in the gymnastics competitions.

Team GB women’s hockey player Hannah Macleod, a former Hinchingbrooke School pupil, has the chance to increase the total tonight by securing the team’s place in Friday’s final.