Isobel Pooley admits it is back to the drawing board as she bids to overcome her competition demons after the high-jumper crashed out of the European Indoor Championships in Prague.

The 22-year-old claimed silver at last year's Commonwealth Games but has so far been unable to carry that momentum into the new season.

Pooley cut a frustrated figure after a disappointing showing which saw her finish third at last month's British Indoor Championships and that was compounded in the Czech Republic after she failed to progress beyond qualification.

Her performance was some way off her best work as she cleared 1.77m and 1.82m on the first attempt but struggled to get past 1.87m.

Ultimately it was a height that she couldn't conquer on the day and the Aldershot, Farnham & District star has vowed to figure out what is standing in her way.

“It just doesn't make sense and that's what is killing me at the moment, I just want it to go right so badly, I just want to get it right,” she said.

“I'm going to keep going but it's a hard knock because I tried to bring my best, I tried to bring my A game and I've been so on fire in training but that's all words.

“I need to put a performance down now because it's getting stupid so I wish I could represent and reflect a little bit on how hard we have been working in training.

“My coach shows such commitment to me and what we are doing and I commit too but clearly I didn't here. Why is that and why am I holding myself back are the questions that I need to be answering so I will have a think.

“I'm sure there are tonnes to learn from but I just can't think about it right now. I felt really confident in my own skin and I've been professional in my preparations for the championships.”

While the start of the season has been far from ideal for Pooley there is plenty to look forward to as the outdoor season rolls around.

And with World Championships in Beijing on the horizon and the Rio Olympics edging ever closer she knows the time is now to show what she is capable of.

“There's lot that I did right but ultimately I didn't put it together when It mattered and the bar was up there,” Fleet-based Pooley added.

“And to go out and not even get up to 1.91 is just laughable really considering the shape I'm in and the position I put myself in.

“I threw it away myself and I'm sorry because I know people believe in me but I just need to believe in myself a little bit more.

“I'm getting there and I'm really coming on. I'm lucky to be here and lucky to have funding and the support of the national lottery and British Athletics behind me is a great feeling.”

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