European bronze medal joy for Dereham high jump star Chris Baker

Great Britain's Chris Baker celebrates after winning bronze in the Men's High Jump Final during the

Great Britain's Chris Baker celebrates after winning bronze in the Men's High Jump Final during the Men's High Jump Final during day five of the 2016 European Athletic Championships at the Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Dereham high jumper Chris Baker has won a bronze medal at the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam.

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The 25-year-old set a new outdoor personal best en route to a share of bronze, jumping 2.29 metres at the second attempt in last night's final, the same as achieved by Germany's Eike Onnen.

British team-mate Robbie Grabarz won silver after achieving 2.29m at the first attempt, with world champion Gianmarco Tamberi winning gold after beating 2.32m at his first attempt.

Both Baker and Grabarz attempted 2.32m but were unsuccessful with their three jumps.

The success for Baker, who now competes for Sale Harriers, comes hot on the heels of securing his Team GB place for the upcoming Rio Olympics.


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The former Dereham Northgate High School pupil's PB jump ranks him joint 15th in the world outdoor rankings ahead of Rio.

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