Molly Caudery of Britain broke the British record in the women’s pole vault and set the global record for the height of the year at the World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze meeting in Toulouse. 

The 24-year-old athlete broke the previous British record of 4.90 metres set by Tokyo Games bronze medallist Holly Bradshaw by establishing a world pole vault lead of 4.92 metres, the highest women’s pole vault clearing since 2021.

Caudery had already won with a 4.61-metre first clearance, but she persisted and kept going for more. Marie-Julie Bonnin of France came in second, clearing 4.51 metres.

Caudery’s recent performances

After winning the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow in March, Caudery stated that her goal was to win her first Olympic medal in Paris. With her recent performance that happened to be the seventh-best jump in history, she has taken the lead in the world rankings.

The British athlete won bronze with a 4.73-metre clearance at the European Championships in Rome earlier in June. She also achieved her previous best of 4.86 metres at Rouen last February. 

Caudery admitted: “It’s more fire in the belly… It just shows that not everything goes to plan all the time. This is a medal at the European Championships.” 

“It’s a huge positive. It will still be up on my little shrine, it may not be at the very centre, but it will still be up there,” she added. 

 

Source: CNA

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