Hall Green high jumper Tom Parsons knows his entire season, possibly his medium term future, rests on the outcome of this weekend’s high jump final at the National Championships and Olympic trials in Birmingham.
The 24-year-old must not only finish in the top two at Alexander Stadium on Sunday if he is to stand a chance of making it to Beijing but must also jump higher than ever before to attain the qualifying standard of 2.30m.
Ideally he would like that to come in two days time at a venue, his home track, where he has always reached new heights.
“I have had four or five PBs over the years, got another one last year at the start of the season so I know I can jump high on this surface,” he said.
“I know what I have got to do and know I am in the shape to do it, if it. I am so much more consistent this year. People who watch me are coming up and saying I am in 2.35m shape. To have jumped 2.25m with the first attempt in the conditions last Saturday, was pretty good. I need to that again on Sunday.”