Mar 2 2013
Britain's hopes of achieving the medal target set by head coach Peter Eriksson suffered two major blows at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg.
Eriksson wanted an improvement on the nine medals won two years ago in Paris, but saw Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz finish only sixth in the high jump, while Shara Proctor was denied a bronze medal in the long jump by two centimetres in the final round.
Russia's Darya Klishina successfully defended her long jump title with a leap of 7.01 metres in the first round, the longest in Europe this year and a daunting marker for the rest of the field.
France's Eloyse Lesueur broke the national record three times to claim silver with 6.90m, with Proctor occupying third position ever since an opening effort of 6.68m, which she improved to 6.69m in the fourth round.
However, with the medal in her sights, Proctor saw Sweden's Erica Jarder produce a personal best of 6.71m in the final round and the Briton could only manage a foul with her last attempt.
Grabarz was only 23rd in qualifying in 2011, but transformed his attitude and his fortunes after losing his Lottery funding and receiving a dressing-down from coach Fuzz Ahmed.
The 25-year-old looked in good shape with first-time clearances at 2.19m and 2.23m, but he then failed three times at 2.27m to crash out.
That increased the pressure on Olympic finalist Holly Bleasdale, who came into the pole vault ranked number one in Europe.
And the 21-year-old remained in contention for a gold medal as she went into a jump-off with Poland's Anna Rogowska, after both registered three failures at 4.72m and could not be separated on countback.