11 August 22:19 (BST)

AT: PRZYBYLKO (GER) - gold, IVANYUK (ANA) - bronze in men's high jump

Comments from gold medallist Mateusz PRZYBYLKO (GER) and bronze medallist Ilya IVANYUK (ANA) after the men's high jump at the Berlin Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

Mateusz PRZYBYLKO (GER) - gold

On winning the gold medal on home soil:

"It was amazing, so exciting with this great home crowd. I was very nervous, but the crowd pushed me over the bar. It was perfect.

"I felt a little pressure because of the home championships, but I was more than happy to have them at home. I like this feeling, it pushed me a lot. I knew that I had nothing to lose, I can only with win with their support.

"When I cleared 2.31m, 2.33m and 2.35m and they cheered, that was a great feeling. I just focused on every jump and stayed relaxed."

On becoming European champion:

"The Belarus guy was strong [silver medallist Maksim NEDASEKAU]. When he cleared 2.33m I told myself 'I have to go over the bar now'.

"I have not realised yet that I am the European champion now. That has always been my dream."

Ilya IVANYUK (ANA) - bronze

On the level of competition:

"I have mixed feelings. The competition was very difficult for me and I expected it, but it was even harder than I thought before. It was a very important competition for me against all these guys who are at the same level.

On the late withdrawal of team-mate Danil LYSENKO, whose permission to compete was revoked by world governing body the IAAF prior to the 2018 European Championships:

"I was missing my team mate LYSENKO, because we got ready for these championships together and the fact that he cannot start was just like the last-minute decision.

"We are used to jumping together, so I was expecting it here too. I am glad that I managed to get on the podium in the end."

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