Wigan-trained Holly Bradshaw takes Olympic bronze


Olympic bronze medalist Holly Bradshaw

The 29-year-old from Chorley – who previously lived in Abram – finished behind American Katie Nageotte and ROC Anzhelika Sidorova to further strengthen the GB squad at the Olympic Stadium following the return of Dina Asher-Smith.

She is the first British athlete to win a medal in the pole vault at the Olympic Games.

Bradshaw finished sixth in London 2012 and fifth five years ago in Rio after also finishing fourth at the World Championships in 2019 and ending his agonizing run in Japan.

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Only three with Bradshaw – Sidorova, Nageotte and Katerina Stefanidi – crossed 4.70m to qualify for the podium.

Bradshaw crossed 4.80m on his second attempt, with the bar wavering, before crossing 4.85m for the first time.

Defending champion Stefanidi’s failure at 4.85m and 4.90m guaranteed the Briton a medal, but she could not break through to the new height and took bronze.

Bradshaw’s medal was only the GB team’s second in track and field after Keely Hodgkinson’s silver medal in the 800m on Tuesday.

It also came after Asher-Smith’s successful return to the track following last week’s drama.

The 25-year-old saw her Games shattered by a hamstring injury she suffered in June and retired from the 200-meter after failing to reach the 100-meter final last week.

She helped the 4x100m relay team set a new British record of 41.55 seconds to win their race and reach the final.

The 200m world champion said: “It (winning a medal) would be absolutely amazing, but again, it’s not what I’m thinking about right now. It’s about staying focused.

“That’s where I was headed last week. It didn’t happen. It wasn’t the 100m or the 200m. It was about getting me back on track. practice and make sure I bring my absolute A-game to this race.

“Of course that (a medal) would mean amazing things for everyone. We are bronze medalists in Rio. It would be amazing for us to get another medal again, for all of us, for all of our lives, for all of our individual dreams and aspirations.

“To get there, we have to stay focused and make sure we are executing and doing what needs to be done.

“After the 100m I said there was no way I was not here for the 4x100m girls. I only had one day off and then John (Blackie, coach) got me returns to the practice track.

“Basically all I need is a few more weeks and sessions. He said if I had had a few more days it would have been the 100m final, another week and it would have been 10.8. It’s one of those things where I chase times. “

The British team qualified for the fastest final on Friday, ahead of the United States and Germany and Asha Philip, a member of the team that won the bronze medal in Brazil, believes they will Try the challenge.

“A medal is definitely on the cards for us. I never like to hurt her, but seeing that and the weather…” she said, with Imani-Lara Lansiquot and Daryll Neita rounding out the squad.

“I saw Dina take over and she’s sprinting around that corner and we know how awesome she is in that upper corner. Daryll was able to get it home.

“It was a good race, a nice warm-up for us. We got up at 4am on the 6:40 bus and started warming up at 7:30 am All these times we haven’t seen in a while.

“It was great for us and going out with this weather gives us energy and we’re going out tomorrow with the same energy.”

The men’s 4x100m relay team finished second in their heat to reach the final.

CJ Ujah, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Richard Kilty and Zharnel Hughes clocked 38.02 seconds.

Kilty said: “We want to win every round. We’re so good. We want to win the round, we want to win the final. We’re going to win the final.

“We know what we have to do to win it. There is more to the reservoir. We are aiming for gold.”

The women’s 4x400m team of Emily Diamond, Zoey Clark, Laviai Nielsen and Nicole Yeargin reached the final after placing third in their heat while Jake Wightman, Josh Kerr and Jake Heyward reached the 1500m final.

Andrew Pozzi finished seventh in the 110m hurdles final, won by Jamaican Hansle Parchment.

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