The Team Bath international, who briefly had a spell with Bristol & West AC as a higher claim athlete for British League matches, recently admitted that 2018 was a year to forget and that he had lost his way a little after a couple of years of non-stop success.
“Last year I suffered a loss of motivation and my results showed that,” said Gale. “I knew that I could not keep on going up and up but what was unexpected was that I felt so bad last summer.
“To be honest I am feeling more like myself now, more like the Tom Gale of 2017 when I felt like every competition I went into I could win.”
So the only frustration for Gale at the weekend was that he had missed a good chance of lifting the title after the competition ended in a jump-off between him and Maksim Nedasekau of Belarus.
“To be honest I hadn’t paid enough attention to the competition so didn’t realise we were heading for a jump-off,” added Gale. “That is something I should have been aware of and I’ll have to learn from that for the future.”
So while Gale would down after failing 2.29m Nedasekau was still in competition-mode after going close to 2.31, which then resulted in both men attempting 2.29m to decided the outcome of the gold.
“I wasn’t the favourite to win and I wasn’t the favourite for silver, so to come in and get another season’s best – I have been improving every competition –was a good day,” said Gale, whose 2.27m took him joint top with Chris Bake of the UK Rankings.