Up to this point there have been two distinct stages to Holly Bradshaw’s pole vault career: the young hopeful who rapidly climbed the ladder to be in contention for a medal at London 2012 and the consistent – but consistently hampered by injury – athlete in the years that followed.

Now, it seems a third incarnation might be here – the best of the lot. If only the sponsors had stuck around to see it.

Jumping in her Blackburn Harriers vest in an international competition for the first time since Nike dropped her by ending their nine-year sponsorship deal last month, Bradshaw showed the sportswear giants what a costly error they may have made with a hugely impressive victory at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday.

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