Euxton, United Kingdom
Track and field athlete
2 November 1991 (age 24) (
Preston, Lancashire, Great Britain
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Holly Bethan Bleasdale
Holly bradshaw world championships team trials 2017
Holly Bethan Bradshaw (née Bleasdale, 2 November 1991) is a British track and field athlete who specialises in the pole vault. She is the current British record holder in the event, having broken Kate Dennison's record on 2 July 2011, and is also the 2013 European Indoor Champion. She is coached by Scott Simpson.
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- Early life
- 2016 Olympics and 2017
- Personal life
Holly bradshaw nee bleasdale disappointed but thrilled to be back competing
Bradshaw was involved in gymnastics from the age of six until she was 11, when she decided to try running. It was not until she was 17 that she tried pole vault for the first time.
Bradshaw was educated at Parklands Languages High School, a co-educational state comprehensive school in the town of Chorley in Lancashire, in North West England. She attended Runshaw College in Leyland from 2008-2010, where she completed her A-Levels. She is now studying for a degree in Sports Exercise and Science at Manchester Met University via distance learning to allow time for her training.
Bradshaw's Junior career took off when she broke the British Junior pole vault record in June 2010, with a vault of 4.35m. A month later, she competed at the 2010 World Junior Championship, in which she was the favourite for the gold medal. However, she failed to vault higher than 4.15m, resulting in a bronze medal behind Angelica Bengtsson and Victoria von Eynatten, who vaulted 4.25m and 4.20m respectively.
Bradshaw's first competition of the 2011 season was the 2011 European Indoor Championships, where she finished 11th in the qualifying round, with a best vault of 4.45m. Later in 2011, she represented Great Britain in the European Team Championships, where she finished in 5th place.
In June 2011, Bradshaw set a new British U23 record with a 4.53m vault at the British Under-23 Championships in Bedford. However, just 5 days later, she set a new British senior record of 4.70m, which was also a world U23 record.
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. Later that year, on 11 March she won a bronze medal at the World Indoor Championships held in Istanbul.
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 in the top 8. In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, Bradshaw said that she was disappointed but that "by Rio, I will be at the top of my game." Bradshaw won gold at the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Gothenburg with a height of 4.67m in a jump off with Polands Anna Rogowska, both having previously jumped 4.72. She later stated in an interview that she could have shared gold with Rogowska, but chose to jump off to be the lone winner of the gold.
In 2015, she comes back on track. She has a season best of 4.55 m, enough to be part of the British Team to the world Championships. At the World Championships in Beijing, Bleasdale cleared 4.70 m before failing at 4.80 m. With this height, she finished 7th in the final where the Cuban Yarisley Silva took the gold medal with a jump of 4.90 m.
2016 Olympics and 2017
Bradshaw competed in Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, jumping 4.60m to advance to the final. In the final she cleared 4.70m on her second attempt but failed her three attempts at 4.80m and finished fifth. She almost cleared her last attempt at 4.80m but in the last moment the cross bar fell to the ground.
After the Olympics, she competed in 2016 Diamond League in Zurich, winning first place with 4.76m.
After her disappointment at finishing in sixth place at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Bradshaw, then still Bleasdale, announced on Twitter that she had accepted the marriage proposal of her long-term boyfriend, Paul Bradshaw. She stated that this made it the "best day ever". Her tweet was as follows: "6th in the Olympics and @bradshaaaw proposes to me :) epic day!!!" Bradshaw's tweet in reply read: "I have just proposed to @HollyBleasdale and she said yes!!!!! Best day ever!"
Having competed previously under her maiden name, Bradshaw confirmed she would return to action under her married name in 2015.