POLE vaulter Adam Hague is aiming to take his career to new heights next year after missing out on this year’s Tokyo Olympics.
Injuries scuppered the Rotherham athlete's chances of making the GB squad for Japan as he jumped 5.15m, well short of the 5.80m qualifying height, at last week's British Athletics Championships in Manchester.
At 23, Kimberworth-based Hague is young enough not to give up on his Olympic ambition and with three major championships to come in 2022, he's still got plenty of go for.
He said: “Competing in the Olympics is still my dream and there is only three years until the next one, so that gives me a much better chance than it being another four.
“Next year we have the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the World Championships and the European Championships.
“It's a really big year so if I can get some consistent training in finally after all the restrictions are lifted then I should be on for a good one.”
Although last week's winner and Olympics qualifier Harry Coppell remains the country's standout men's pole vaulter, second place for Hague was credible in the circumstances.
“I was really happy to get second because a week ago I wasn't even sure if I'd still be able to do it,” he said. “Over the past month or two I have had a couple of injuries and it really set me back.
“Unfortunately I didn't get the qualifying height but it is what it is.
“Being fit would have given me a much better chance. I was probably a week or two behind where I should have been in order to be in shape for it. That's the margin I missed it by.”
Hague, a Hermes delivery driver by day, will now get back down to work with his coach Trevor Fox at the EIS in Sheffield. “I feel like I can get better and, importantly, I know how I can improve,” added Adam.
“I just need to get all those things in motion now I'm injury free and I should be good to go.
“At the moment I want to finish the season healthy, get some good jumps in and after that we'll start aiming for next year and some big heights.”