Lucy Bryan’s World Bronze

Competing in the World Youth Championships (IAAF World Youth Games) in France 16 year old Lucy BRYAN broke the British under-17 Record and took the bronze medal with a tremendous clearance of 4.10m.

If you stayed up late on Saturday night you would have seen a great competition on Eurosport where Lucy in a strong field was only surpassed by a German and an Australian competitor.  Lucy had been buoyant after finishing her Exams and getting selected for this top competition.  She vaulted 3.85m easily on Thursday to finish equal 2nd in qualification and was motivated by the excitement of being on the World stage.  Lucy was ranked 10th best going into the competition with a PB of 4.02 behind her (indoors at Bath during the winter) she set a goal of bettering 4.00m in this Final.

So on a perfect sunny day in Lille Lucy set about her task.  She cleared 3.60; 3.75; and 3.90 at the first attempt and then her 4.00m goal at the second attempt.  And so the bar was raised to the new British Record height of 4.10m and Lucy made the height quite comfortably at the fist attempt.  At this point Lucy was leading the field.  Attempts at the next height of 4.15 were unfortunately not successful. The winner with 4.25 and the sliver medallist with 4.20 opted to miss 4.15 which proved to be a height too great for any of what proved to be the bronze medal contenders. Tantalisingly Lucy in bronze place on count back with just one failed attempt had to sit out those moments knowing a clearance by any of the other three could push her into fourth place and out of the medals.

16 year old Lucy is now the 8th ranked Senior Pole Vaulter.

Well done Lucy we are all so proud of you at Bristol & West and we also salute your outstanding Coach Neil Winter and the team of colleagues and supporters (Martin & Rubi Davies, your Mum & Dad, Simonne, Alison, Luke, Bella, etc) who always there to encourage you.  May this be a springboard for great achievements in the future.

Hilary Nash and Mike Strange Report.