Bronze Medal, Olympics 2012
1st, 2.28m, Aviva National Olympic Trials, Birmingham
European Champion, 2.31m, Helsinki
He was born in Enfield, North London, England, but has moved to Birmingham to train with Fuzz Ahmed, and has made a major breakthrough on the world stage in 2012 – ranking number two high jumper in the world on his current form this summer.
As a junior Grabarz finished twelfth at the 2006 World Junior Championships. He competed at the European Indoor Championships in 2011 and failed to make the final. He entered the 2012 season without lottery funding but with a personal recognition of his own talent and a desire to prove what he could do has turned his fortunes around.
2012 saw a much improved Grabarz. In January 2012 he made his international breakthrough by jumping 2.34 metres at an indoor high jump gala in Wuppertal.His previous best was 2.28m and the jump saw him pass the Olympic ‘A’ qualifying standard. In June, Grabarz won gold at the European Athletics Championships with a jump of 2.31m. He followed this up at the 2012 London Olympics in August, by clearing 2.29 metres in the final to win a bronze medal. After victories in the Rome and Birmingham Diamond League events, Grabraz took the 2012 IAAF Diamond League high jump crown, winning the Diamond Trophy.
After struggling with a knee injury and undergoing surgery in 2014 Robbie returned to form at the World Indoor Championships in Portland where he won a silver medal with a jump of 2.33 metres.
Robbie jumped his personal best jump of 2.37 metres,at the Lausanne Diamond League meeting on 23 August 2012, equalling the British men’s outdoor record held by Steve Smith since 1992.