HOLLY Bleasdale will bid to complete a hat-trick of national titles and earn a place at next month’s European Indoor Championships this weekend.

The 21-year-old, who studies at Crewe’s MMU Cheshire campus, is in fine form.

Her win at the Russian Winter meeting in Moscow on Saturday – thanks to a season’s best leap of 4.75m – came on the back of victories at the Perche Elite Performance Tour in Orleans, France, and the Glasgow International Match.

Now she is ready for the British Athletics European Trials & UK Championships in Sheffield.

Bleasdale said: “I’m really looking forward to the opportunity of making it three wins in a row. Hopefully I can produce a good performance and confirm my place for the Europeans at Gothenburg in March.

“This year is big for me so it’s important that I’m consistent and perform well. I want to continue progressing.”

Bleasdale cleared 4.62m in France and 4.60m in Scotland but took her game to a new level in Russia. After requiring three attempts to clear 4.65m she went over 4.70m with her second and 4.75m with her first.

But the Great Britain star, who finished sixth at the London 2012 Olympics, can go higher. Last year she claimed world indoor bronze and set a British indoor record of 4.87m.

Victory in Yorkshire would automatically qualify her for next month’s championships in Sweden.

Bleasdale, originally from Chorley, Lancashire, is undertaking a distance learning sports science degree and attends residential sessions in Crewe.

From: http://www.crewechronicle.co.uk/crewe-sport/other-sports/2013/02/06/96135-32752061/

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