SHEFFIELD’S Luke Cutts bowed out of the pole vault competition at the European Championships in disappointing fashion but the 24-year-old has vowed to return stronger for the experience next year.
After a sleepless night in the Finnish capital, Cutts was clearly fatigued when it came to the qualification event on Saturday in Helsinki.
The City of Sheffield athlete only managed to clear 5.10metres before failing three times at 5.30m, still well short of his personal best of 5.60m.
And Cutts admitted afterwards that with his brain working over time he had struggled to sleep the night before and that had cost him.
“It wasn’t very good at all. I didn’t sleep at all last night, and I couldn’t get into jumping,” he said.
“There was a bit of a wind but that is no excuse, I just couldn’t get my legs moving because I was so tired. I saw the physio this morning, and he just said ‘do your best.’
“I’ve got to try and take away some lessons from this, learn from what went wrong and try and put it right in training.
“I came here for the experience above anything else, if I had got to the final that would have been a bonus but it just didn’t happen for me.”
Cutts represented Team GB at the World Championships in Berlin back in 2009 but since then has seen Steve Lewis come to dominate the sport in Britain.
But with a few competitions left this season Cutts remains adamant that his best years are still ahead of him.
“I’ve had a really bad season; it hasn’t gone well at all. I’ve been carrying injuries,” he added. “I need to take away what I’ve done wrong here and train on it more.”
Meanwhile, Jo Pavey last night won Britain’s sixth medal of the European Championships with silver in the 10,000 metres in Helsinki.
Pavey was unable to stay with eventual champion Dulce Felix of Portugal when she made the decisive break with eight laps to go, and found herself third at the bell behind Ukraine’s Olha Skrypak.
But the Devon athlete overtook Skrypak in the home straight to secure silver in 31 minutes 49.03 seconds.
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