Don't write me off - Grabarz
Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz has warned high jump rivals not to write him off at the World Championships.
The 25-year-old has endured a tough season, with injury niggles meaning he has failed to jump higher than 2.31m in 2013.
It is a height 15 others athletes have equalled or bettered, meaning a place in the final in Moscow is far from a foregone conclusion.
Matching the podium finish he managed at London 2012 will be even tougher, but the Essex athlete is looking forward to performing with the pressure off.
"My build-up has not been perfect but things are looking good in training so I'm looking forward to competing out there," Grabarz, who jumps in qualifying on Tuesday, said.
"I'm coming in under the radar, concentrating on what I'm doing.
"It's going to take a very high jump to win these championships but I've just got to concentrate on what I'm doing and bring my A game to the championships.
"Last year was great, I jumped high at virtually every meeting.
"This year has obviously not gone as smoothly. (There is) Nothing I can do about that now. It's happened. I've just got to keep looking forward, keep working hard and see what happens."
Grabarz is, though, coming into form at the right time, following victory at the British Championships and a fourth-place finish at the Anniversary Games made all the more impressive by the fact conjunctivitis meant he was barely being able to see what he was doing.
The prospect of competing in the Olympic Stadium again was motivation enough to fight through the eye condition and now he is looking forward to getting his World Championship tilt under way.
"Some of the guys are jumping really high," Grabarz said. "Unfortunately I've been a spectator at some of the meetings this year.
"It's been frustrating not to be competing with them. I'm not jumping low, I'm just not quite technically right at the bar, which is what I'm working on out here.
"I don't feel I'm too far away, which is why it's almost more frustrating for me.
"If I was jumping terribly I could accept it but I'm not. [Higher jumps are] definitely there."