Beagle Philip scuppered by luck of the draw while Grabarz can’t reach those big heights
PUBLISHED: 12:28 08 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:28 08 March 2018
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Tough World Championships for Beagles duo
Newham & Essex Beagles duo Robbie Grabarz and Asha Philip were left to think about what might have been after disappointing displays at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham at the weekend.
The pair went into the championships with high hopes, but a troubled preparation for the high jumper and a ridiculously tough semi-final draw for the sprinter saw them suffer.
Grabarz could not reproduce the form that saw him strike silver in the 2016 Championships in Portland and he was left despairing after going out early.
The 30-year-old cleared 2.20 metres at the third attempt and then failed three times at 2.25m to go out of the competition in joint ninth.
His personal best is 2.37m and that would have been enough to grab the gold medal on the day, so predictably he was upset.
“It’s not good enough,” said 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Grabarz, who knows he must perform better at next month’s Commonwealth Games in Australia.
“A couple of issues cropped up which affected my training in the build-up – I couldn’t compete at the British Championships. It’s a shame it has happened now, but I can’t do anything about it. I’m trying to not get too down.
“I expected it to be a tough battle for the medals. It was a shame the competition didn’t really take off until most of us had gone out. I would have loved to be part of that battle at the end so that is the real shame.”
It was a similar story for Beagle Philip, who would have hoped for a place in the final of the 60m, as the current European Indoor champion.
Philip looked comfortable in her heat as she finished second to eventual gold medalist Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast, clocking 7.18 seconds.
But in the semis she was drawn against Ahoure again as well as Elaine Thompson of Jamaica and Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands.
In the end she finished fifth in a time of 7.13 to go out of the competition, but had she been in either of the other two semi-finals, she would have qualified for the final.
Both Beagles will look for better things when they travel to Australia for the Commonwealth Games next month.
They will jet off to Brisbane later this month to prepare.