Robbie won't flop… but he won't win gold! Fosbury says Grabarz must settle for second place to American Williams
18:45 GMT, 29 July 2012
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High jump legend Dick Fosbury believes Britain's Robbie Grabarz will have to settle for silver behind American Jesse Williams in the London Olympics.
Grabarz and Williams are ranked joint third in the world in 2012 with best clearances of 2.36 metres, but 1968 Olympic champion Fosbury – whose innovative Fosbury Flop revolutionised high-jumping – believes world champion Williams will have the edge over Grabarz.
'This will be really interesting,' Fosbury said. 'Williams had an awful day in Beijing [when he failed to make the 2008 Olympic final], Ivan Ukhov is unpredictable and Andrey Silnov is the defending champion.
Don't flop: Robbie Grabarz will have to settle for silve according to Dick Fosbury
'But a home crowd matters and I think Grabarz will probably get a silver behind Williams, who has a point to prove after only finishing fourth in Eugene.'
Eugene refers to the US Olympic trials, where only the top three were to earn spots to the Olympics, but the man who finished third in the high jump – Nick Ross – had not made an Olympic 'A' standard, allowing fourth-placed Williams to qualify.
Double Olympic decathlon champion Daley Thompson, speaking at an adidas press conference, added: 'I think the weather is going to be a big factor because in Eugene it was wet and Williams was only fourth. He is lucky to be here. I'll take Grabarz over Williams.'
Man to beat: Grabarz must take on Jesse Williams (left) if he is to take gold