Tokyo Olympics: Holly Bradshaw through to pole vault final with first-ever Team GB medal available

Holly Bradshaw eases through to pole vault final off her first attempt as she attempts to become the FIRST EVER Team GB athlete to win a medal in the event

Holly Bradshaw reached Thursday’s pole vault final after clearing 4.55m in qualifying on Monday.

The 29-year-old from Preston is looking to become the first ever British athlete – male or female – to win a medal in the pole vault, and she’s seen as a serious medal contender.

And she certainly laid down a strong marker. While 14 others cleared the same height to reach the final, she was only one of seven athletes to do it at the first time of asking.

Holly Bradshaw was forced to wait to start her campaign as torrential rain halted the event

Holly Bradshaw was forced to wait to start her campaign as torrential rain halted the event

It was a frustrating start to proceedings for the athletes, who had to endure torrential rain before the event was halted at the Olympic stadium.

Once the rain settled and the event resumed, Bradshaw began her campaign and cleared it with ease.

She’s not the only British interest in the event. Harry Coppell will be featuring in tomorrow’s men’s final after clearing 5.65m, in what is a strong field featuring defending champion Thiago Braz and world record holder from Sweden Armand Duplantis. 

Bradshaw cleared the required 4.55m for the final with ease, achieving it on her first attempt

Bradshaw cleared the required 4.55m for the final with ease, achieving it on her first attempt

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