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Sport 'I'd got to the point where I wasn't enjoying competing': London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz retires from high jumping

14:25  17 may  2018
14:25  17 may  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Athletics - IAAF World Indoor Championships 2018 - Arena Birmingham, Birmingham, Britain - March 1, 2018   Britain's Robbie Grabarz reacts during the Men's High Jump   REUTERS/Hannah McKay © Catalyst Images Athletics - IAAF World Indoor Championships 2018 - Arena Birmingham, Birmingham, Britain - March 1, 2018 Britain's Robbie Grabarz reacts during the Men's High Jump REUTERS/Hannah McKay British high jumper Robbie Grabarz has announced his retirement.

The 30-year-old won Olympic bronze at London 2012 and came fourth at the Rio Games two years ago.

He also won gold at the European Championships in 2012 and silver in 2016 while Grabarz also collected silver at the World Indoors in 2016.

British Olympic high jumper Robbie Grabarz has announced his retirement from athletics © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited British Olympic high jumper Robbie Grabarz has announced his retirement from athletics

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No point me duplicating Speedy Seanie's work - he'll keep you up to date with everything on his rolling report from the Olympic Stadium - but let me score a couple of points on the jing-o-meter, by reporting that Britain's Robbie Grabarz has won a share of the men's high jump bronze , Britain's Andrew

Olympic high jump medallist Robbie Grabarz claimed a season’s best yesterday. I think I will get it easily, especially after today. Robbie Grabarz . Grabarz , who took bronze at last summer’s London Olympics

London 2012 - Bronze

Rio 2016 - Fourth 

World Championships

London 2017 - Sixth

World Indoor Championships

Portland 2016 - Silver 

European Championships 

Helsinki 2012 - Gold

Amsterdam 2016 - Silver

European Indoor Championships

Beograd 2017 - Silver 

Diamond League

Birmingham 2012 - Gold

Rome 2012 - Gold 

National Championships

Birmingham (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) - Gold

National Indoor Championships

Sheffield (2009, 2013, 2014) - Gold 

a person jumping in the air: British high jumper Grabarz has enjoyed a number of highlights during his career © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited British high jumper Grabarz has enjoyed a number of highlights during his career

Grabarz, who also claimed European Indoor silver last year, said: 'I'm glad I got myself back into shape this winter - I needed to do that so I knew if it didn't work it wasn't through injury.

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Robbie Grabarz had sworn that only gold would do but as he settled cheerily for a bronze medal, the British high jumper could still afford a little jump for joy when reflecting on a quite extraordinary journey he has made towards the Olympic Stadium podium.

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'I'd got to the point where I wasn't enjoying competing and didn't want it anymore.

'I've seen people carry on too long past the point of enjoyment and there is no need, life is too short and I want to feel positive about my time competing.

Robert Grabarz jumping in the air: The 30-year-old announced his retirement after losing his enjoyment for the sport © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The 30-year-old announced his retirement after losing his enjoyment for the sport

'I've had a great time in the sport - 20 years' worth - and have genuinely loved jumping.

'I'm so grateful for everyone who I have worked with, had support off and known within the sport.

'There was a point in 2011 when I thought I was done then, so to get almost another seven years in the sport was pretty special.'

He became European champion for the first time in Helsinki in 2012 - the first British male winner in 62 years - clearing 2.31m to win for his first senior international title.

Later that year he jumped 2.29m to share bronze with Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim at the London Olympics.

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High jumper Robbie Grabarz took a third share of a bronze medal in the Olympic Stadium but it will be little more than a consolation prize to him. Medal man: Robbie Grabarz flies the flag after winning a bronze medal in the high jump .

Also during the day, Nick Dempsey won a silver medal in windsurfing, while cyclist Victoria Pendleton took silver in the sprint, and Robbie Grabarz won a bronze medal in the men's high jump . " I 'm 99.9% sure I won' t be competing in Rio - how can you top this?" he added.

Grabarz won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games finished fourth at Rio 2016 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Grabarz won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games finished fourth at Rio 2016

His last major competition was last month's Commonwealth Games where he came sixth.

British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: 'Robbie has been at the top of the sport for a number of years and it is with sadness we see him retire but I want to congratulate him on a fantastic career spanning a number of years.

'He has a big character and a big heart, and has been a key addition to British teams for more than a decade.'

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