THERE was a victory for pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale at the British Athletics Grand Prix at the weekend.
She beat Cuba’s Olympic silver medallist Yarisley Silva with a first-attempt vault of 4.70m, and said she was pleased with her progress after failing to win a medal at the London Olympic Games.
“I’m really happy with how the competition went,” she said.
“I usually jump on 4.45m poles but today I was feeling that good, I was like, ‘I’m just going to try my 4.60s.’ I was so close to 4.78m it was painful, but I’m really confident going into the Europeans that I can pick up a medal, maybe even win gold.
“There are a couple of girls who can jump 4.60 metres or 4.70m but if I go there and do 4.80m I think that will be enough to win.
“I really want to go there and win. It’s a good stepping stone. This year is when I need to make the changes so I can jump over 5m.”