Pole-vaulter Holly Bradshaw triumphs to book Rio spot

EUXTON’S Holly Bradshaw has booked her place in this summer’s Olympic Games after claiming national pole vault title.

Bradshaw, who came close to clearing 4.72, also feels she will improve before Rio.

She said: “Since the Birmingham Diamond League I’ve competed in a couple of competitions and they’ve gradually got better and better but that (the British Championships) was better again so I’m hoping every time I compete I can keep building and finding my jumps so when it comes to Rio I’ll be there.

“I’ve secured my place on the team now so I don’t have to worry about that, I can focus on my jumping and training.

“I showed in Beijing last year that I can deliver when it matters so I’m relying on that again.

“Every competition from now to Rio is a training session, I just need to work on a few things and look forward to it really.”

The former Parklands High School and Runshaw College student will now get her second shot at Olympic glory.

Bradshaw competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

She managed to reach the final, but knocked the bar at 4.55m, causing her to crash out of the running for a medal. However, she managed to finish sixth.

At the World Championships in Beijing last year, Bradshaw cleared 4.70 m before failing at 4.80 m.

With this height, she finished seventh in the final where the Cuban Yarisley Silva took the gold medal with a jump of 4.90m.

In January 2012, Bradshaw improved the British indoor record by clearing 4.87m in Villeurbanne, during a Perche Élite Tour meeting.

This puts her third on the world all-time list, behind Yelena Isinbayeva and Jenn Suhr, and also third all-time for indoor performances.

At the same competition she made her first world indoor record attempt at 5.01m, but failed.





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