Olympic news you missed this week...
Friday 27 January 2012
It's been quite a week for the Bleasdale family. First, daughter Holly raised her British pole-vault record not quite through the roof but knocking on that way, with a 4.87m clearance in Lyons; only three women have ever vaulted higher than the 20-year-old, indoors or out.
Then came news that mother Debbie had received an Olympic call-up. "I'm not a technical official – just a volunteer in the Field of Play team," she tweeted to Holly. "Maybe we're the only mother-and-daughter duo."
What's coming up...
World Championship medal winners Mo Farah, Hannah England and Andy Turner feature in the GB team for the Aviva International match in Glasgow tomorrow. Jenny Meadows misses out with "a minor injury". There is no women's pole vault, so no Holly Bleasdale, but Robbie Grabarz, fresh from his world rankings-topping performance in Germany last weekend, will be in the high jump.
Holly Bleasdale: Her stunning 4.87m pole-vault clearance marks her down as a serious medal contender.
Robbie Grabarz: Brilliant 2.34m high jump in Wuppertal puts him top of the world rankings.
Nelson Evora: The Portuguese triple jumper, who pipped Phillips Idowu to gold in Beijing, is out of the London Games. He has a stress fracture of the shin bone.
Luol Deng: The Chicago Bulls and Great Britain basketball forward is struggling with injury. He has damaged ligaments in his left wrist.
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