Solihull-born high jumper Tom Parsons is hoping to reach new heights in his quest for gold at the Aviva World Trials & UK Championships at the Birmingham Alexander Stadium.
The 25-year-old set a new personal best of 2.30m to take victory at the UKA event last year, and in the process secured his place at the Olympics in Beijing.
This time around he will have to clear 2.31m – a new personal best – to guarantee his place in the Aviva Great Britain & Northern Ireland team bound for the IAAF World Championships in Berlin in August.
Parsons said: “I’d hope to improve year on year, so the fact I have to achieve another personal best to secure qualification for Berlin is not a problem for me.
“I’m definitely capable of jumping 2.31m – I was capable last year but just didn’t quite manage it.”
A finalist at the Beijing Olympics last year, Parsons finished eighth, but felt he could have done even better if he had been feeling his best. Parsons is a regular at the Birmingham Alexander Stadium and it’s a track the Birchfield Harrier is particularly fond of:
The championships take place at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium on July 10, 11 and 12. Tickets are available online at www.uka.org.uk and by phone on 0800 055 60 56.