Pole vaulter Luke Cutts believes 2015 will see him rewrite his own personal record books after he claimed gold at the Sainsbury’s British Indoor Championships.
Last year saw 27-year-old Cutts hit a British record 5.83m before he went to Glasgow and took silver in the Commonwealth Games.
On Sunday he made sure he kept the momentum going as he jumped 5.55m to take national indoor gold and see off the challenge of Sheffield teammate Adam Hague at the EIS.
And, while he couldn’t quite reach the qualification height of the European Indoor Championships of 5.70m, he has no doubt that there will be plenty of big jumps ahead this year.
“It was a really good day, the only down side is that I’m a bit sad I didn’t manage to jump the European height because I wanted it so it’s just down to the selectors now whether they take me,” said Cutts, who was speaking at the event in Sheffield, which sees Sainsbury’s act as the Major Event Series partner of British Athletics.
“I know I’ve got it in me so it’s just a case of putting everything together and going from there and seeing what heights I can reach.
“I didn’t doubt the result; I knew I had it in me to win. I came here to do a job. I wanted me and Adam to get on the podium and we did so it’s mission accomplished for us.
“That was the main challenge and we’ve been saying first and second all week so for Adam to pull it off is great so congratulations to him.
“Last year it was 5.83m and I don’t want to say too much but I’ll probably go better than that this year.”
There were plenty of Sheffield stars taking advantage of the home turf, with sprinter Dannish Walker-Khan taking bronze in the 200m and Mukhtar Mohammed coming third in the 800m.
But the weekend belonged to Cutts and Hague who, separated by a decade, showed that they have the ability to dominate for years to come.
“It was really tough to be against someone of Luke’s quality but because he’s my training partner it just makes it even better and I just enjoyed it today,” said 17-year-old Hague.
“We just help each other in training all the time and he’s always giving me tips so that’s great. I really appreciate his advice.
“Luke has bigger heights than me so I’m always trying to reach them as well; I’m pleased with how I’ve improved over the past few months. I think I’ve made a big step up.
“In a couple of years I want to try and get that British record off Luke, that’s where I want to be.”
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