Holly Bradshaw becomes Britain’s first Olympic medallist in pole vault as she secures bronze

Team GB's Holly Bradshaw has secured her first Olympic medal. Credit: PA

Holly Bradshaw has become Britain’s first Olympic medallist in the pole vault after she secured a bronze medal in the final.

The 29-year-old finished behind the USA’s Katie Nageotte and the ROC’s Anzhelika Sidorova to further boost Team GB in the Olympic Stadium.

This is Bradshaw's first Olympic medal, she finished sixth at London 2012 and fifth five years ago in Rio having also come fourth at the World Championships in 2019.

Only three along with Bradshaw – Sidorova, Nageotte and Katerina Stefanidi – cleared 4.70m to go into a straight shootout for the podium.

Bradshaw cleared 4.80m at her second attempt, with the bar wobbling, before going over 4.85m first time.

Defending champion Stefanidi’s failure at 4.85m and 4.90m guaranteed the Briton a medal but she could not clear the new height and secured bronze.

Bradshaw’s medal was just Team GB’s second in athletics after Keely Hodgkinson’s 800m silver on Tuesday.

It also came after Asher-Smith’s successful return to the track after last week’s drama.

The 25-year-old saw her Games wrecked by a hamstring injury she suffered in June and pulled out of the 200 metres after failing to reach the 100m final last week.

She helped the 4x100m relay team set a new British record of 41.55 seconds to win their heat and reach the final.