Holly Bradshaw claims bronze at European Indoor Championships
Chorley pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw insisted a European Championship indoor bronze was not to be sniffed at but she was disappointed after finishing third in Poland on Saturday evening.
The 29-year-old had targeted gold but failed with her three attempts at 4.70m and had to settle for joint third alongside Belarusian Iryna Zhuk behind Swiss winner Angelica Moser and Tina Sutej of Slovenia.
She said: “You can’t sniff at a European Indoor medal, but I’m incredibly disappointed. I felt great. The other girls handled their jumps really well and I just didn’t quite jump as well.
“It’s been one of my best indoor campaigns ever. Of course it’s disappointing to finish like that but, on the whole, I’ve made some really good progress and stepped it up a notch and I feel like a completely different athlete.”