Monday 13 February 2012 09:16
Chorley pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale believes she’s saving her best for when it really matters after cruising to victory at the Indoor UK Trials and Championships in Sheffield.
The 20-year-old was already all but guaranteed her place at next month’s World Indoor Championships, having cleared 4.87m in January, which at the time took her to third on the all-time indoor list behind Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva.
And in claiming victory at the EIS, Bleasdale rubber-stamped her place on the plane to Turkey – even if her best clearance was 4.70m – missing out with her three attempts at 4.89m.
But the British record holder brushed off the disappointment of bettering her personal best, provided she can do it in Istanbul.
“I was really pleased with my performance. I’d be lying if I said I was disappointed,” said Bleasdale.
“I’ve said all along that I just want consistency in my competitions, so to jump a 4.70m is really pleasing.
“In my mind I’ve wanted to do 4.70m’s and 4.75m’s every time I go out.
“Of course I would have loved to have broken the record right at the end there, but I’m just looking forward now.
“I’ve got the World Indoor Championships coming up, so I’m saving my big jump for then.”