Holly Bradshaw believes she is ready to shine on the world’s biggest stages after overcoming injury problems and mental health struggles in recent years.
Britain’s leading female pole-vaulter finished sixth at London 2012 aged just 20 and followed it up with fifth place at Rio 2016, but endured an injury-hit three years afterwards which left her in a dark place.
But Bradshaw, 27, believes a change of mind-set made her a better athlete than ever before ahead of the London Grand Prix at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this weekend.
‘I used to be really emotional after a bad performance and elated after an amazing performance,’ said Bradshaw, who heads into the competition after a season’s best 4.72m at Lausanne on July 4 and victory at Rottach in Germany three days later.
‘It was actually really killing me and my mental health was really poor because of these mental rollercoasters.