Dereham high jumper just misses out on bronze at Commonwealth Games

England's Chris Baker during the men's high jump at Hampden Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games

England's Chris Baker during the men's high jump at Hampden Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Chris Baker was left wondering what might have been after narrowly missing out on a high jump medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Dereham athlete's first attempt failure at 2.25 metres was to prove decisive as he lost out on bronze to Canada's Michael Mason on count-back at Hampden Park.

The British number two had started the competition well and had he cleared the height at the first time of asking, he would have taken third, courtesy of Mason's careless failure at 2.16m.

And to make matters worse the 23-year old also missed out on a medal in similar circumstances, six years ago at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune.

'I had three attempts at what would have been an outdoor personal best and I wasn't far off,' he said.


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'It's tough to be that close to a medal and there'll certainly be some regrets because it could have very easily been an amazing night for me.

'I'm only 23, I'm still learning and hopefully I'll learn from this but I'm very disappointed to be so close to the podium. Fourth really is the worst position to finish.'

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