Confidence is high, says Lewis

“Confidence is high,” says pole vaulter Steve Lewis ahead of competing at the Sainsbury’s British Championships. ‘High’ being the word as the Olympic fifth-placer looks to secure his spot for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow later this summer.

Following a no-height in Lausanne just over a week ago, the British record holder returned with an equal season’s best of 5.60m at the Paris leg of the Diamond League series and says he is feeling good and getting back into his rhythm.

“I am looking forward to going back to Birmingham to compete,” said the 27-year-old. “I have started to get into my rhythm again and am feeling good about the meet.

“I got an equal seasons best at the last meet so confidence is high,” added Lewis, who is set to face the likes of Luke Cutts, a 2009 Worlds representative who has the ‘B’ qualifying standard for Moscow, at the Alexander Stadium.

With two indoor ‘A’ standards and an outdoor ‘B’ standard already in the bag, the Dan Pfaff-coached athlete will be looking to use the outing as a sharpener for Moscow and is looking forward to competing in front of a British crowd.

“We always get a great reception, the crowd have been fantastic with me,” explained Lewis, who trains with Pfaff at his training base in Phoenix, Arizona.

“I have meets in both Birmingham and London over the space of a couple of weeks.

“The atmosphere at the Olympics was incredible and there is a real buzz around track and field in Britain at the moment.”

 Steve Lewis
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