Oxford City triple jumper Nathan Douglas has been rewarded for his victory in Sunday's UK Indoor Championships with selection for the Great Britain team for the European equivalent to be held in Birmingham next month.

Douglas won on Sunday with his only valid jump - a magnificent second-round jump of 17.19m - which saw him climb to second place in the European rankings.

He will now look to fine-tune his technique at tomorrow's Norwich Union Grand Prix at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena - which is the venue of the European Championships from March 2-4.

Following his personal best leap, Douglas withdrew from the competition after he felt tightness in his ankle in the third round, but is adamant the act was purely precautionary.

His main rival, Phillips Idowu, the Commonwealth champion, had also pulled out of the competition after a first round 16.68m because of a heel injury.

Douglas explained why he withdrew after his magnificent leap.

"I was having problems with the hop into the step phase, so I'm pretty satisfied with 17.19m," said the Oxford athlete, whose first effort was a no jump.

"I felt my right ankle tighten and thought why make it worse?

"But it is not a major problem and I shall be at the Grand Prix on Saturday."

Douglas, who opened his indoor season with a best of 17.14m in Stuttgart earlier this month, is clearly moving into good form and said he was delighted with his winter work.

He has missed only a week of training, but warned there was no guarantee this will translate to success.

"I'm in pretty good shape, but the triple jump is a technical event and if you can't get the technique right you will not perform," he explained.

The Grand Prix will be his last outing before he returns to Birmingham for the European Championships next month.

With European No 1 Christian Olsson of Sweden struggling through injury, it represents a great opportunity for Douglas to win a first senior championship medal.

Although he insisted he was not scared of Olsson in the European Championships, he was cagey about making predictions.

"My aim is the same as normal, it is to make the final and hopefully fight for a medal," he added.

"I have massive respect for Olsson, his consistency is phenomenal.

"But at the same time he is just another triple jumper."