We've got high hopes with that body! British Olympic high jump hopeful Robbie Grabarz unveils a gold standard body…in tiny pants
11:50 GMT, 12 July 2012
He's more familiar with hurling himself over the high jump to rapturous applause.
But British Olympic hopeful Robbie Grabarz may now have to get used to women hurling themselves at him.
Enfield's springiest resident has been photographed posing with his high jump bar wearing only a tiny pair of tight, striped Bjorn Borg boxer shorts.
High hopes: British Olympic high jump hopeful Robbie Grabarz unveils a gold standard body
The 24-year-old became the first British man to win
a European Championship gold medal for 62 years when he cleared 2.31m
in Helsinki just two weeks ago – 40 centimetres above his own height.
No Brit has won this title since 1950
when Glaswegian Alan Paterson, using a now-extinct technique known as
‘western roll’, took the European gold in Brussels with a best jump of
1.96, four centimetres less than his own height.
Grabarz is now ranked joint second in the world in his sport – only Russian Ivan Ukhov has jumped higher, and only by a centimetre – and is one of Britain's best Olympic hopes.
Last year Grabarz was heading out of the sport fast. He was 23rd at the European Indoor Championships and come the autumn his Lottery funding was withdrawn. ‘I couldn’t argue with that. I didn’t deserve it,’ he said.
His coach asked him to make up his mind whether he wanted to continue.
He said: 'I’d been doing it since I was 11, and I was 24, and it was like, “You are no longer a junior, you have no more excuses”. I’d had a really bad year, not improving, just average, and I thought, “I don’t want this happening again”.'
Bjorn Borg boxer shorts are available from Selfridges for 23.
The complete package: High jumper Grabarz in Bjorn Borg boxers and T-shirt
Medal-winner: Robbie Grabarz grabbed gold for men's high jump at the European Championships in Finland
Gold-winning: Grabarz is hoping to repeat his Helsinki triumph in London
Reaching for gold: Grabarz is one of Britain's best Olympic hopes
Olympic hopeful: Now ranked joint second in the world, Robbie Grabarz is one of Britain's best Olympic hopes
Crowd-pleaser: Grabarz soaring over the high jump in the men's final at the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki in June
High-flier: Grabarz competing in the UKA championships in Birmingham in June