Emily Borthwick ready to challenge for high jump gold at Commonwealth Games

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – AUGUST 04: Emily Borthwick of Team England competes during the Women’s High Jump qualifying round on Day 7 of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Alexander Stadium on August 04, 2022 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

By Andy Babar in Birmingham

Emily Borthwick is happy once again and is set to challenge England’s high jump queen Morgan Lake for her crown at the Commonwealth Games after a year.

The 24-year-old from Wigan lost her brother Connor after he died in an industrial accident in Blackburn in November last year, leaving the Tokyo Olympian heartbroken.

Borthwick was in good form before the tragedy, claiming her first senior medal in the women’s high jump at the 2021 British Championships to qualify for the Olympics.

But after admitting he hit rock bottom following the death of his brother, Wigan Harrier said he is in a better place after qualifying for Saturday’s high jump final in Birmingham 2022.

“I’m really happy that there was one thing to do today and that was to make it to the finals,” she said.

“I did it, I missed my first attempt at the opening bar, but I sorted myself out and I know Saturday morning I’ll be ready to fight. I think I’ve really struggled this year.

“I had a wonderful home inside and a lot of personal issues came out. It has really hampered my preparations, especially at the World Champs, but I think you should hit rock bottom to bring yourself back. I have been there and now I am back.

“I’m looking forward to Saturday. You must use your emotions the right way, for me I’m putting it into my training and when it comes to competitions, I’m just tired but I don’t have a right now.” Balance has been found and I am happy.”

Borthwick qualified with relative ease at Alexander Stadium after failing his first attempt in 1.76 metres, making his second attempt at altitude before scoring a 1.81 automatic for the first time.

“I look forward to airing it again on Saturday,” she said. “It’s unbelievable that my whole family and my friends are here and now that I’m done, there will be more on Saturday.

“The crowd was amazing and obviously fans from Birmingham and the UK, they are known to do a show and we are here to have their show for them, it’s incredible.”

Borthwick showed her potential earlier this year with a new personal best jump of 1.95m, the jump of the top five in the world at the time, and is now targeting a medal in Saturday’s performance where she won Gold Coast silver. The medalist will come up against Lake and partner England. Teammate Laura Zialor.

“I’ve always looked up to Morgan because he’s been number one for so long and obviously you want to close that gap at some point and I think that’s what I’ve done in the last year or two,” he said. “

“He is an amazing athlete and someone who is inspirational. It is great to compete with him and Laura (Gialor), having the three of us in the final is great for England.

“I think everyone’s dream is to be on that podium and I obviously want that too. I haven’t had the best season ever, but I know you can change that.”

“I’m feeling good, I’m happy so I’ll see what happens.”

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