Holly’s on a high

Great Britain's Holly Bleasdale celebrates clearing the bar on her way to winning the women's pole vault during the British Athletics Birmingham Grand Prix

Great Britain's Holly Bleasdale celebrates clearing the bar on her way to winning the women's pole vault during the British Athletics Birmingham Grand Prix

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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.”