Parsons advances to finals without lucky socks

Published: 19th August 2008

Parsons advances to finals without lucky socks
British medal hopes continue to soar as Tom Parsons put himself in the Olympic high jump final - without his novelty socks.

The Birmingham Mail reported that the local field athlete qualified after his 2.25m jump gained him a place in the last round, even though Chinese officials did not like his lucky legwear, citing his choice of novelty socks as non-regulation.

Parsons told the newspaper that he was disappointed with his performance and noted that the absence of his claret and blue patterned socks may have been the reason.

He said: "They would not let me wear the Villa socks - maybe that’s why I did not have such a good day."

Tom Parsons, without his novelty socks, will hope to add to the Great British haul in Beijing where the nation currently sits in third behind China and the USA with 15 gold medals.

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