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Holly Bleasdale proves record smash-hit

London 2012 Olympics Watch: Bleasdale proves record smash-hit

Holly Bleasdale soared into Olympic gold contention at the weekend when she broke her own British indoor pole vault record three times.

Bleasdale, 20, and a vaulter for only four years, set the record at 4.72m, 4.80m and finally at 4.87m, a height only ever surpassed indoors by world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva and outdoors by three women.

Bleasdale failed to clear a height in
last year’s World Championships but her progress this winter, since
French coach Julien Raffalli gave up his job to coach his squad at
Manchester’s Sports City full-time, puts her into the vaulting elite.

Brit of all right: Bleasdale broke the world indoor record

Brit of all right: Bleasdale broke the world indoor record

After the 4.87m jump, she said: ‘I just lay still on the mat in astonishment.’

On top of the world

High jumper Robbie Grabarz, not considered to have potential for Lottery funding, heads the world rankings after a 2.34metre clearance in Germany, the best by a Briton for four years.

Pair give bid boost

Jenny Wallwork and Nathan Robertson, Commonwealth silver medallists, won the mixed doubles badminton title at the Swedish International in Stockholm to boost their Olympic qualifying hopes.

Bully for the brits

The British women’s Olympic hockey team won their third straight match in preparation for this month’s Champions Trophy in Argentina, beating New Zealand 2-0 in Cordoba.