Birmingham 2007 European indoor championships


04 March 2007

Bronze for Britain’s Bernard in High Jump

Martyn BernardBritain’s Martyn Bernard took bronze in the men’s high jump on Day Three of the European Indoor Athletics Championships. Bernard’s third attempt clearance at 2.29m was enough to land him third spot, behind Olympic champion Stefan Holm and his compatriot, Linus Thornblad.

“It’s great to come here and get the bronze medal,” Bernard said. “The crowd were great and I tried to clear 2.32m for them. You never know what will happen in the competition - I thought I had a chance of winning at one point. I know I can jump higher and I think I can go on to win more medals.”

Holm couldn’t quite reach the heights he achieved in the Spanish capital when he went over 2.40m but a second time clearance at 2.34m gave Sweden the high jump crowd for the third successive occasion. “I felt very good today during my warm up, which was the best I have had so far. However, when I got into the competition, I took it too easily, which resulted in my earlier failures. When it got to 2.32 I seemed to switch on and got back in the zone. It's great for Sweden to get a 1-2,” he said.

Thornbald had bitter-sweet feelings about his silver medal, achieved when he went over 2.32m with his second attempt: “At the end of the competition, I was really angry with myself, but I'm OK now. I'm happy with the position, but I didn't jump very well at all. When I had the failure at my last attempt at 2.34, I was really upset. My body felt really good, but my head wasn't in the right place.

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