Holly Bleasdale: Medal contender for London 2012, per Sergey Bubka, courtesy of Lancashire Telegraph, note by Larry Eder

Holly Bleasdale, 2010 World Junior Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

Holly Bleasdale went to France to train with Renaud Lavillenie, the number one male ranked vaulter in the world and the European Indoor champion. She first cleared 4.72m, a strong improvement. Then, on January 22, 2012, Holly Bleasdale cleared 4.87m! Yes, 4.87m! A new British record, and at the time, the number two jump indoors, only behind Yelena Isinbayeva. Bleasdale went from promising vaulter to medal contender. Here is how we have seen her progress and how the current world record holder for male vaulter, Sergey Bubka, sees the potential of Holly Bleasdale.
Holly Bleasdale, 2010 World Junior Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

So, on January 22, Holly Bleasdale moved onto the world scene with a huge improvement, to 4.87m vault indoors! Boom! Holly goes from a good vaulter to number two all time, and highest jumper of 2012. Holly's jump is new British record indoors. Now, she is the focus of GBR media as her performance has opened some real eyes!

On February 4, Jenn Suhr, breaks AR in Boston, MA with 4.88 m or sixteen feet event. Now, Jenn Suhr is number one for 2012, and Holly Bleasdale is number two. On the all time lists, it is Yelena Isinbayeva, Jenn Suhr and Holly Bleasdale.

I had been spelling Holly's last name wrong for about two weeks, so I corrected that today. I also found a nice piece where Sergey Bubka, who witnessed Holly's 4.87m clearance noted, "She was fantastic." The world record holder in the men's pole vault noted that Holly is a medal contender.

The women's pole vault continues to reach higher and higher levels of performance. With vaulters from Brazil (World Champ Indoors Fabiana Murer), Germany, Russia, U.S., Great Britain, the event continues to gain supporters and fans.

Holly Bleasdale's jumping was a paradigm changer for British women vaulters. Now, UK athletics has a women vaulter who can contend for a medal in London 2012. Should be interesting...

To read article on Holly and Sergey Bubka's comments: http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/sport/athletics/9515639.Legend_Bubka_backs_Bleasdale/

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