Tokyo Olympics: Holly Bradshaw takes bronze in pole vault for Crew GB


Events: July 23rd – August 8th Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Holly Bradshaw won Great Britain’s second athletics medal in Tokyo and finally landed her first major podium in the championship with a bronze pole vault.

The 29-year-old, who finished fifth and sixth in Rio 2016 and London 2012, ousted defending champion Katerina Stefanidi with 4.85 m.

But Bradshaw could not follow the gold medalist Katie Nageotte from the USA or the Russian world champion Anzhelika Sidorova over 4.90 m.

The Chorley athlete initially looked disappointed after clearing 4.90m for a new personal best in June, but was soon wrapped in a smile when she was congratulated by coach Scott Simpson on the side of the track.

“I’ve worked on that all my career. I’ve had so many ups and downs. It’s something I just wanted and wanted so badly and it finally happened,” she told BBC Sport.

“I don’t know what emotions I’m feeling. Relief, pure joy, just excited and proud of myself to be sticking with it. I knew I might get it one day and I can’t express how grateful I am for that, one Olympic medal. “

Bradshaw’s medal is the 51st for Great Britain in Tokyo and corresponds to the overall medal in Beijing 2008 with an additional three days of the event.

Olympic bronze is the culmination of nearly a decade of near failures and bitter disappointments for Bradshaw after taking multiple top six finishes in major finals without reaching the podium.

The start of her 2021 season was far from ideal as she missed an expected European indoor title before testing positive for Covid and being isolated on her return home.

Bradshaw spoke of her new mental resilience and Thrown into a top-class four-way battle with Sidorova, Nageotte and Stefanidi, she showed it.

Bradshaw shrugged off a failure at four feet and then screamed with glee as she reached four feet on her first attempt. However, it exceeded 4.90 m.

Nageotte, apologizing to her mother under the camera lens after making three attempts to negotiate an opening of 4.50m, nailed 4.90m and fetched gold, while Sidorova, who progressed flawlessly up to that height, did not the Americans could keep up.

GB’s 4x400m quartet is in last place

Great Britain’s quartet had to wait for confirmation after a close finish with the Netherlands

The British 4×400 meter relay secured their place in the final on Saturday when Nicole Yeargin, who was disqualified from the individual competition because of a lane violation, fought off the fast-finishing Dutchwoman Femke Bol, the bronze medalist over 400 meter hurdles, in 3: 23.99 .

The United States and Jamaica became the second quartet to beat Team GB’s time, ahead of Great Britain with Poland, the winner of the second semi-final.

Yeargin had passed the baton to the legs of Emily Diamond, Zoey Clark and Laviai Nielsen.

Great Britain Jake Wightman broke off the front to lead Kenyan home world champion Timothy Cheruiyot and win the 1,500m semi-final in 3: 33.48. Josh Kerr and Jake Heyward For the first time since Seb Coe and Steve Cram celebrated a double victory in Los Angeles in 1984, three Britons reached the final on Saturday with third and sixth place in the semifinals.

Defending champion Matt Centrowitz and Pole Marcin Lewandowski, the sixth fastest man in the world this year, got stuck.

Racer Tom Bosworth felt that he had “put on his worst performance in a British vest” after breaking 25th in the hot Sapporo conditions.

The 31-year-old, who finished sixth in Rio 2016, was dwarfed by his teammate Callum Wilkinson, who came home 10th.

“I never got into the race. I never felt like I had a speed turn, I was stuck in a gear and that was really disappointing,” said Bosworth.

The Italian Massimo Stano was nine seconds ahead of the Japanese Koki Ikeda and took gold, while Ikeda’s compatriot and world number one Toshikazu Yamanishi won bronze.

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