Holly Bradshaw forced to pull out of World Athletics Championships after suffering injury as pole snap

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Holly Bradshaw forced to pull out of World Athletics Championships after suffering injury as pole snap
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Holly Bradshaw’s World Athletics Championships came to an end in cruel, and premature, fashion.

The British pole vaulter was targeting a strong display in Eugene, after winning bronze at last year’s Olympics, but she has been forced to pull out after suffering a freak injury in practice.

Bradshaw’s pole snapped as she made a jump in practice, leading her to fall awkwardly on her neck and also hurt her back and arm. With a busy summer ahead, the Commonwealth Games and European Championships following in the space of a few weeks, the 30-year has withdrawn to prevent any further injury.

It means her wait for a first World Championships medal goes on, though she hopes to quickly put this setback behind her with such a hectic schedule to come.

Bradshaw said: “I was absolutely gutted, I was heartbroken, I was crying in the box, sobbing. It was a massive, massive shock. I’ve felt really good for the three weeks coming into this.

“It’s the first time it’s ever happened in my career, so it’s a great time for it to happen. I hope it never happens again.

“It’s just really, really, really unfortunate timing but I’ve come back from worse. I’ve still got the Commies and the Euros. I’ve had a preliminary medical exam and it’s nothing too serious.

“I’m going to get more checks tomorrow and hope it’s nothing bad and I come back for Commies and Euros. It feels out of my control. This year has been a challenge and it’s just another thing for me to negotiate past.

“There was no way I could know that was going to happen. It’s such a freak accident. It’s just one of those things that absolutely sucks

“It’s been a rocky season and a lot of things haven’t gone my way but the last three weeks have been great. I thought I could have done 4.50/60 today clean in qualification and then challenge for medals in the final.

“I am that point in my career now where if I am not battling for medals, I can’t put myself in that position and I am not going to take any risks. That is the decision I made.”

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