HOLLY Bradshaw is in the form of her life and ready to challenge for medals at the World Athletics Championships in Doha.

The 27-year-old from Chorley believes the women’s pole vault competition is wide open this year and wants to be in the mix.

Bradshaw, who is a member of Blackburn Harriers, has been in fine form this season winning both the indoor and outdoor British titles while she picked up a silver medal at the European Championships.

Now she will be looking to add a world medal to her collection.

“I really do feel this year I am in the best form of my life so it is really, really exciting and hopefully I can deliver on the day,” said Bradshaw of Sunday’s final assuming she progresses through qualifying


“I’m faster, I’m stronger, I’m technically a better vaulter than I have ever been before and it’s just exciting to know that I can jump somewhere between 4.80m and 4.90m.

“My PB is 4.87m and if I hook up my jump and everything goes well I think I am capable of jumping 4.87m plus.

“So I just hope I could do that in the final. I definitely think that 4.80m or 4.85m is way within my capabilities and for me the pole vault is pretty open this year and that is good enough for a medal.”

Bradshaw will be competing in her fourth World Championships, a sixth place in London two years ago her best result to date.

She believes the battle for medals will be a lot closer than in previous championships and she is ready to challenge the likes of reigning world and Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi and Anzhelika Sidorova who pipped Bradshaw for European gold in March.

“The girls are definitely not afraid to compete against each other,” Bradshaw told the British Athletics website. “Every single Diamond League event and sometimes non Diamond League event, the girls are there.

“There are six or seven girls that can jump 4.80m and battle for the medals and actually this year it is pretty open.

“I am not going there thinking this person is going to win, hopefully I can sneak a bronze. Actually all three medals are up for grabs.

“It is just who keeps their nerve and who gives the best performance that day. It is just putting yourself in the best place possible place – and not getting sick, not getting injured and being as fresh as you can to deliver that performance on the day. I feel so far it is going pretty well.”

Bradshaw believes the weather in Doha will mean it will purely be down to who vaults the best on the day and not who gets the rub of the green with the conditions.

“There isn’t going to be any rain, it is going to be pretty still so it is going to be like an indoor comp which makes it pretty exciting,” she said. “It means that the best girl on the day is going to win.

“In London 2017, because the wind was so varied it made it challenging.

“You could be in the best shape of your life, you could be the best girl in the world but if you get three head winds and you can’t deal with that, then you are out of the medals and that is kind of what happened.

“But this one is going to be a level playing field, everyone is going to be in the same boat because there is no wind.”

Whatever happens, Bradshaw it looking forward to wearing the Great Britain kit again.

“It’s always special, being out there representing your country at the highest level, in a worlds, Olympics or Europeans is really, really special,” she said.

“It never gets old, it never gets tiresome.

“I did a comp simulation where I wore my onesie and I got goosebumps. Going to a major comp wearing a GB vest is very cool.”