World indoor high jump silver medallist looks ahead to a big year of events on home soil

Robbie Grabarz is highly motivated for what he describes as an “incredible year” ahead as he works towards a number of big events on home soil.

The world indoor high jump silver medallist has been announced for the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham on February 18, with the British Athletics Team Trials from June 30 – July 2 and the Müller Grand Prix Birmingham on August 20 also taking place in the city which will host the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships early the following year.

Grabarz – who claimed Olympic bronze at London 2012, European gold and silver in 2012 and 2016 respectively and his world indoor silver in Portland in March – will renew his rivalry with 2012 Olympic silver medallist and world indoor bronze medallist Erik Kynard of the USA next February in what is expected to be one of the highlights of the Müller Indoor Grand Prix.

The 29-year-old has also become the latest Birmingham athletics star to be added to the ‘Parade of Champions’, which celebrates the city’s rich heritage in the sport and will see the footprint and career achievements of athletes immortalised in specially designed pavement plaques at the Alexander Stadium.

“I’m really focused on an incredible year ahead,” said Grabarz. “The indoor season is a chance for me to start the season strongly in an amazing year for athletics in Birmingham.

“I have performed well in the past in the indoor events and hope that it will set me up for a fantastic 12 months of athletics across the UK, especially in Birmingham.”

He added: “The Indoor Grand Prix is the one I really look forward to the second I start my indoor training, so that’s a massive motivation to get into gear. In early October, when everything seems so far away, that’s the one that is there on the horizon to look forward to and it tees you up for the rest of the season which is always over in a flash.

“The Müller Indoor Grand Prix is the ideal way for me to begin my journey to the IAAF World Championships in London this summer, as well as looking ahead to the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.”

The Müller Indoor Grand Prix, which is the final event in the IAAF World Indoor Tour series, returns to the Midlands in February having been held in Glasgow for the first time in 2016 as the cities alternate hosting the event up to 2020.

Niels de Vos, chief executive of British Athletics, said: “The Müller Indoor Grand Prix is the best indoor athletics meeting in the world and it’s great to have it back in Birmingham ahead of the outstanding events we have coming up between now and early 2018.

“The high jump is always a popular event and we look forward to welcoming the best in the world to Birmingham this year and in 2018. Robbie is a fantastic ambassador for the event and we are delighted to honour him today as part of Birmingham’s rich global athletics history.”

The Müller Indoor Grand Prix is the number one ranked indoor grand prix in the world. Tickets are available at www.britishathletics.org.uk.