The Olympic bronze medallist could only manage a clearance of 2.26m, five centimetres short of the required mark for automatic qualification to the final.
But his appearance in China alone was still an achievement for the 27-year-old who returned this season after a year out with a knee injury. And with that in mind, Grabarz was already looking ahead to plans for next year and Rio 2016.
“I'm just happy to be here, I shouldn't be saying that - but I am," Grabarz told British Athletics. “Surgery was just a year ago, and my body feels great - I just need to get technically fit, which shouldn’t be too difficult - it's harder to get your body back than your technical things and my body is back. That's just a nice feeling to be honest.
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"It is nice having that feeling in my mind that I can come in higher than everyone else and get a couple of clean sheets, but when the bar went up I probably just tried a little too hard, it's always the way.
"Rio, it's Olympic year, that's exciting enough and I'm not starting a winter hampered by my body this year, I'm starting it in the best shape of my life physically, so that's a nice feeling to take forward… albeit to a long cold winter in Birmingham."
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