POLE vaulter Adam Hague wants his Olympics bid to hit the heights this weekend after a spell of injury troubles.
The Kimberworth-based athlete (above) takes part in qualifiers at the British Athletics Championships in Manchester on Sunday with a place in the GB team for the Tokyo Games up for grabs.
Although it could have been better timed for the 23-year-old British indoor champion, he is putting his body on the line to try and realise a dream.
“The last month or two I have had a couple of injuries so I'm trying to deal with them,” said Hague, who is fine-tuning his comeback under the watchful eye of long-term coach Trevor Fox.
“I had a small abductor tear and in the last month another niggling problem, which is not ideal. Any injury is never good timing, it's just what happens.
“We have got back to where we think we need to be. We're in an alright place, not the greatest, but we've just got to give it everything we've got and see what we can do.
“We think we've got past the injury so we're hoping I can compete pain free.”
Adam's career best jump of 5.65m is short of the Olympic qualifying height of 5.80m, a feat already achieved by rival Harry Coppell from Wigan.
Middlesbrough's Charlie Myers is also striving for a seat on the plane to Japan.
“Harry and Charlie are my main rivals so it should be good,” added Adam.
“I have only competed once or twice this year so I'm just trying to get back to it.
“It has been strange not having fans in but we could be having fans in this weekend and that could make a big difference.
“All I can do is go out there and do the best I can.”