The Olympic bronze medalist, Holly Bradshaw, is out of the European Championships. 

The official release is below, but Holly noted that she had a back issue, which I would describe as a back spasm. 

Holly Bradshaw admits that she is nearing the end of her career and is concerned about injuries and how they will affect her life as a post-elite athlete. 

Holly Bradshaw is one of our most popular athletes on the global stage; she is quite honest about mental health and the need to appreciate your personal needs. This article link is an example: https://www.runblogrun.com/2024/01/holly-bradshaw-on-post-olympic-blues.html

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JUNE 26: Holly Bradshaw of Blackburn celebrates after setting the new national record during the Women’s Pole Vault Final on Day Two of the Muller British Athletics Championships at Manchester Regional Arena on June 26, 2021, in Manchester, England. (Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images)

We wish Holly Bradshaw a complete recovery and to see her excel in Paris; this is the release on Bradshaw not moving on in the Rome Women’s pole vault: 

Holly Bradshaw – NM [did not advance to the final]

“I have been struggling with my Achilles a little, but my Achilles felt good. But out on the warm-up track, I put my back out. I did it three weeks ago, and I just got rid of it. But today, I was literally doing an innocuous jump, and I put my back out, and I was like, ‘Oh, great.’ I didn’t have a lot of confidence in the warm-up. I had a lot of run-throughs because it’s going into extension.”

“As I am coming to the end of my career, I am having thoughts like what if I really hurt myself, what if I hurt my back and I can’t play with my kids. I struggled a bit on warm-up, but then I did get going. I was on too small a pole to clear the bar. It is crap, but I’m trying not to live in the minute, I’m looking at the bigger picture.”

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