Pole Vaulter Luke Cutts is confident that strong competition will bring out the best in him as he attempts to better the UK record he set last month.
Cutts was in action on home soil over the weekend in the British Indoor Athletics Championships at the EIS, finally ending a wait for gold, having finished second four times in the competition.
A jump of 5.60 was enough to win it for the Dearne ALC athlete, which is 0.23m shy of his record-breaker in France at the end of January.
However, next up is a trip to Donetsk, Ukraine, next weekend, where the best in the business will be taking part, including the current number one Renaud Lavillenie, and the 26-year-old Cutts believes that coming up against that calibre of athlete, will drive him on to break more records.
“I’ve got a good jump of 5.96 metres in me at the minute with the shape I’m in, so I just need the competition to go out an jump that high,” said Cutts
“(Ukraine) is basically the same competition that I jumped the record in, with Renaud (Lavillenie) and Pawel (Wojciechowski), people like that. They are all 5.80+ jumpers so it pushes me to jump higher and higher.”
On competing alongside Lavillenie, Cutts added: “Renaud is a genuine guy, he talks to people, he’s open about everything. Having the chance to jump with him is a different league.”
The World Championships in Poland are looming large, less than a month away, but Cutts is maintaining the mantra of taking each event at a time.
He said: “I’m trying not to think about it at the minute, I’m trying to stay relaxed about things, until I’m out there obviously, then it’s a different story.”