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‘I’m just out there having fun, having a blast and loving life’: Holly Bradshaw targeting Tokyo 2020 pole vault medal after rediscovering love for the sport ahead of Muller Anniversary Games

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.

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