Norfolk-born high jumper Chris Baker misses out on place in Great Britain team for 2017 World Athletics Championships in London
PUBLISHED: 15:35 31 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:35 31 July 2017
Dereham high jump star Chris Baker has spoken of his disappointment at missing out on a place in the Great Britain team for the upcoming World Athletics Championships in London.
The 26-year-old former Dereham Northgate High School pupil, who now lives in Manchester and competes for Sale Harriers, had jumped two metres and 28 centimetres this year to just miss the qualification mark of 2.30m.
He had hoped he would still get to compete at the Olympic Stadium but the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) have not budged and named a 28-man competition list.
Baker took to Twitter to say: “The IAAF’s decision is very disappointing and means there will only be 28 participants in the men’s high jump, showing once again the field events must give way for others. Two British athletes also miss out on the opportunity of a home championships. I’ve been told that, officially, no more invites will be sent out so my dream is dead.”
Baker won bronze at the European Championships with a jump of 2.29m last year, the height he also cleared when finishing eighth at the World Indoor Championships but finished 16th at the Rio Olympics later in the year after failing to go higher than 2.26m.
He also jumped his personal best earlier in 2016, clearing 2.36m at the Hustopece Indoor Championships in the Czech Republic – just 2cm short of Steve Smith’s British indoor record.