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Grant backs Lake to shine at British Indoor Championships

PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 February 2019

Great Britain's Morgan Lake (pic: Jane Barlow/PA)

Great Britain's Morgan Lake (pic: Jane Barlow/PA)

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Former European indoor high jump champion has been looking ahead to this weekend's event in Birmingham

Dalton Grant is a former European indoor high jump champion (pic: David Jones/PA)Dalton Grant is a former European indoor high jump champion (pic: David Jones/PA)

Former European indoor high jump champion Dalton Grant believes current star Morgan Lake could be the one to watch at this weekend’s British Indoor Championships.

The British Indoor Championships take place at Arena Birmingham from February 9-10 and double as the British trials for the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow next month.

A host of British stars will be in action as they look to book their place for the Europeans in Glasgow.

And Hackney lad Grant is confident that current high jump hero Lake will maintain her fine start to the indoor season with success at the British Championships this weekend.

Chris Baker in action in the men's high jump (pic: Anna Gowthorpe/PA)Chris Baker in action in the men's high jump (pic: Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

“Morgan is looking in top form having equalled the British indoor record last month,” said the former Woodford Green & Essex Ladies athlete who won his European gold in Paris in 1994.

“Morgan is looking in top form and will be hoping to medal at the Euros, so she’ll be looking to do well at the British Championships.

“For the men, you have guys like Chris Baker and Allan Smith who can do well, but I’m not sure they’ll be in medal contention come the Euros.”

The indoor season marks the start of a busy year for athletes, with many looking to build towards the outdoor IAAF World Championships in the Qatari capital of Doha in October.

Allan Smith will compete at the British Indoor Championships this weekend (pic: Mike Egerton/PA)Allan Smith will compete at the British Indoor Championships this weekend (pic: Mike Egerton/PA)

And while some of the bigger names in world athletics may opt to forgo an indoor season, Grant believes it will stand those who chose to do so in good stead for the months ahead.

“I always found it important to have a good indoor season because it can help you kick on when it came to competing outdoors,” he added.

“I always found that the indoor season was an opportunity for you to see the shape you were in heading into the event.”

“For someone like Morgan to set her new personal best for the high jump already this season at an indoor event is a good sign for the year ahead.”

*Dalton Grant is the founder and director of the Dalton Grant Academy which specialises in world-class athletic fitness, off-the-field training techniques, and competitive mindset building designed to propel you and your craft to the next level. For more information, visit daltongrantacademy.world.

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