Holly Bleasdale, the world indoor pole vault bronze medallist and British record-holder, is to part company with her long-term coach, Julien Raffalli.

The Frenchman has guided Bleasdale’s career since spotting her talent four years ago but the 20-year-old Lancashire athlete has opted for a change of direction after finishing sixth at the Olympics.

Her decision could see her link up with American coach Dan Pfaff, who already coaches the British men’s record-holder, Steve Lewis.

Bleasdale said: “We both felt it was the right time for a fresh start. I want to take this opportunity to thank Julien for all his hard work and wish him all the best.

“There is still a lot more I want to achieve in this sport and I am looking forward to continuing that journey with a new coach.”

from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/athletics/9532089/Olympic-semi-finalist-Adam-Gemili-runs-the-fastest-200-metres-by-a-British-man-in-three-years.html

Holly Bleasdale
Holly Bleasdale

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