Eaves just misses out on Olympic spotBy Charlie Talbot-Smith
July 05, 2012
Max Eaves failed to make the pole vault final at the European Championships in Helsinki, but after a year of injury hell the Ascot athlete has vowed to return stronger for the experience.
The 24-year-old has struggled with hamstring problems all season and only managed a best vault of 5.30metres in Finland.
That left him 14th overall, but with only the top 12 going through to the final that marked the end of the line for Eaves.
But the Newham and Essex Beagle admitted that while he had been below-par on the day, there were still many positives to take.
“My performance was alright considering what’s been happening recently,” he said.
“I’ve been struggling with hamstring injuries since January and haven’t jumped in a month really.
“You can try and replicate what you’re doing in training, but having not trained, it’s hard to get a result out there. I was kind of hoping for a miracle, but didn’t get it.
“It’s been a great experience, with the warm up and qualifying set up, which I’ve never done before.
“It was nice to see the top guys jump, so I got some valuable experience there.”
Eaves has competed on the international stage before, when he took part in the Commonwealth Games back in 2010.
But after a year that has left him struggling to stay fit for two events in a row, he admitted it might be time to rest and recover.
“This year’s been a complete struggle really. I’ve never really been injured before but my first hamstring injury was in January,” he added.
“I’d get back to full training within two weeks, and then it would go again.
“I got back for the trials indoors and jumped 5.45m there and then the next session it pulled again.
“It’s been an ongoing struggle, but I’m going to use the next few weeks to settle down and try and sort it out.”
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