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Grabarz and Sayers book places for London 2012

Robbie Grabarz competes in the high jump during the Aviva Trials and Championships at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

Cambridgeshire high-jumper Robbie Grabarz has booked his place in Team GB's Olympic athletics squad after winning his event at the National Championships and trials in Birmingham.

Grabarz, from St Neots, won with a height of 2.28 metres, 8 centimeters short of his personal best. He did have three attempts at 2.31 but failed to clear.

It caps an amazing resurgence for the 24 year old, who had his lottery funding withdrawn after failing to qualify for the World Championships last summer. He's currently ranked second in the world this year.

'Things have been going to plan and they did again today' Grabarz said afterwards. 'I didn't jump very high today but I think it was the excitement of winning and securing my spot.

'Everything went to pot at 2.31 but I just really enjoyed myself and had a great time out there'.

Grabarz is seen as a strong contender for a medal for Team GB, but the Newham and Essex athlete said 'I think its the expectation I had of myself anyway. It makes no difference what everyone else wants me to do because I've got my own targets and things to achieve, and they haven't changed'.

Goldie Sayers competes in the Javelin during the Aviva Trials and Championships at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

Grabarz is joined by Cambridge's Goldie Sayers who set a championship record after winning her tenth consecutive title in the women's javelin.

Sayers had already achieved the Olympic qualifying distance of 61 metres ahead of the trials.

'Its a very proud day in reaching my tenth consecutive national title which is a record. And obviously to do that in Olympic year, in a home Olympic year, is fantastic', Sayers said afterwards.

'It was all about winning today, and I did that. I was hoping to put on a better display but the conditions were not particularly good for throwing today'.

Sayers now has her sights on the European Championships, which take place in Finland, starting on June 27.

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