South Yorkshire athlete Luke Cutts had a major breakthrough when he broke the British record for the pole vault in Rouen, France, at the weekend.
The 25-year-old, who competes for the Dearne ALC and City of Sheffield, cleared 5.83m to add a centimetre to the record held by British No 1 Steve Lewis.
It added 12 centimetres to Cutts’ previous best and puts him in contention for a medal in this year’s World Indoor Championships, assuming that he is selected for the British team.
Of that there should be no doubt although the vagaries of the selectors are well known.
Only last August Cutts was left out of the British World Championship team after winning the trial and achieving the A standard before the IAAF selection deadline.
Selection in athletics ought to be easier than most sports with the criteria faster, higher, further being simple to interpret. However, one clause in the selection policy sought to exclude athletes who had already competed in a global championship. Cutts has already competed in the 2009 World Championships.