Bleasdale 'gutted' at World Indoor Championship performance

Holly Bleasdale

Holly Bleasdale

First published in Sport

BLACKBURN Harrier Holly Bleasdale suffered disappointment in the World Indoor Championships as she could only finish ninth.

Bleasdale, sixth in the London Olympics, went into the competition with the world lead this year but twice failed at her opening height of 4.45m before failing to clear 4.65m.

Bleasdale missed the World Championships in Moscow last year due to injury but had performed well this season, achieving three clearances of 4.71m or higher.

“I’m really really gutted,” she said. “I felt great coming in and had the most amazing warm up but it was just not my day. I need to look back with my coach and see what happened.

“I’m really frustrated and really upset. I felt like I had been on a long road back from my injury to come here and perform and it’s not gone well. But I’ll learn from it and improve as I always do.

“We all have setbacks and this is a big one for me but the Commonwealths and Europeans are coming up outdoors – they’re really big Games for me and I really want to get things right and do well there.”

Katarina Johnson-Thompson was the star performer as Britain ended the Championships with a total of six medals.

Johnson-Thompson was prevented from qualifying for the pentathlon in Sopot due to illness and overlooked for a wild card, but produced a personal best of 6.81 metres to claim silver in the long jump.

The 21-year-old from Liverpool led the competition from the second round until France’s Eloyse Lesueur jumped 6.85m in the fourth, with Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic taking bronze with 6.77m and Britain’s Shara Proctor fourth with 6.68m.

There was also a silver for the men’s 4x400m relay team of Conrad Williams, Jamie Bowie, Luke Lennon-Ford and Nigel Levine, who were only beaten by a world indoor record from the United States.

Andrew Osagie claimed a second successive bronze in the 800 metres despite crossing the line in fourth place, with Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski disqualified.

The British team successfully lodged a protest after Lewandowski was seen to step off the inside of the track on the final bend before holding off Osagie by just 0.01 seconds.

There were also bronze medals for the women’s 4x400m, who were unable to defend their title from two years ago, when Britain won nine medals.

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