Sports Awards: London Olympics a great success for Steven Lewis
STEVEN Lewis did himself and his city proud at the 2012 London Olympics.
Finishing fifth in a high-class field in the pole vault final provided a genuine badge of honour for the 26-year-old from Light Oaks.
He cleared a height of 5.75cm in the Olympic Stadium, the second highest of his life, after producing close to his very best at the greatest show on earth.
That left him some 22cm short of gold medallist Renaud Lavillenie following the Frenchman's record Olympic leap.
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Steven's fans in the Olympic Stadium were headed by dad Martin and late mum Linda, who lost her short battle with cancer in October, as they roared their son on towards the possibility of a podium finish.
And Martin, who is nominating his son for the Senior Individual category of The Sentinel/City of Stoke-on-Trent Sports Personality of the Year Awards, reckons he might well have made that podium had the Gods been kinder.
He explained: "Not a lot of people know that he had a season leading up to the Olympics where the weather wasn't very good and so he never got to use the pole he actually used in London.
"It was a strong pole, one you couldn't use when the conditions weren't right.
"But in London, they were the right conditions because the sun came out and so he used it even though he hadn't had much practice with it.
"He just got on with it and that's Steve because it was the opportunity of a lifetime.
"At the end of the day he could have got a medal, but it's not the end of the world.
"It was just amazing to be there with 80,000 people screaming his name," says Martin, "and to have it in your home country is unreal.
"People say it was the best Olympics, and I think it was. Much of that was down to the volunteers because everyone was so polite and helpful.
"And Steve, he did us proud."
Last year also saw Lewis record a personal best of 5.80cms in Poland to break Nick Buckfield's 14 year old British record.
That jump, together with his Olympic success, made it six years as British number one for the former Holden Lane High School pupil.
He said of his Olympic appearance: "I gave it my best shot. It was my second best height of the season, the second highest ever in my career and I have just got a little bit more work to do."
Lewis, who is currently preparing for next week's European Indoor Championships in Sweden, says: "I am really looking forward to the competition out in Gothenburg.
"I have had a couple of niggling injuries and a mixed preparation, but my last vault in Potsdam felt really good and I had some really good shots at 5.73."
"We have a great team going out there to compete and I am confident that we can give a great performance.
"There is a buzz about athletics, especially after the Olympics last year, so we will all be looking to push ourselves."
Lewis has long been figuring heavily at the Stoke-on-Trent Sports Awards after a glittering set of earlier achievements which have included a bronze medal at the 2003 World Youth Championships, bronze at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.