Holly Bradshaw, of Lancashire, wins the first ever women’s European pole vault medal at the European Athletics Championships.
Bradshaw cleared 4.75m to win her first medal at outdoor major championships.
The 26-year-old finished fourth at the Commonwealth Games in April but showed her credentials with victory at the World Cup in London earlier this summer and she continued that form in Berlin.
She had first-time clearances at 4.55m and 4.65m but when she passed 4.70m and Russia’s authorised neutral athlete Anzhelika Sidorova cleared it, she was down to fourth and needed higher.
The Russian, who cleared 4.90m indoors this year, passed at 4.75m which meant Bradshaw had a chance to go third at that height.
After a near miss and then a less conclusive second jump, she nailed it on the third to go well clear and into third.
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Bradshaw said: “I have had so many fourth and fifth places so to come away with my first outdoor medal feels so good and it was such a good competition and I enjoyed it so much.”
“It is the first time in four years that I have not had an injury or a surgery so I have been able to put a good block of training together and start jumping well so that is start paying to off.
“It has meant the world to me since I started in 2008 and it pays off with days like this. I have had such a fun night.”
I just freaking won a EUROPEAN BRONZE MEDAL! 🥉🇬🇧
Apologies in advance for being bombarded with happy tweets today but I’ve waited for this moment for so long and been through so much to be where I am today! pic.twitter.com/p1PvCWgs4m
— Holly Bradshaw (@HollyBradshawPV) August 10, 2018
And Bradshaw, who will hope to build on this performance at the World Championships in Doha next year and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, admitted that claiming a podium place in front of her parents made the medal extra special.
She added: “It is the first time my mum and dad have come to an overseas competition and I am so glad I could do it in front of them. I think now they are going to have come to every single one otherwise it is going to be bad luck! It means so much to me and it means so much to me and I can’t wait for the rest of this season and for Doha next year and Tokyo.”