Credit: British Athletics

Olympic pole vault bronze medallist Holly Bradshaw (GBR) will open her 2022 Wanda Diamond League campaign at the Müller Birmingham Diamond League at the Alexander Stadium on Saturday 21 May.

The 2013 European indoor champion – a former world indoor and European Championships bronze medallist – jumped a British record height of 4.90m in June 2021 to erase her nine-year-old previous best of 4.87m. In an outstanding year in which she also won bronze at the European Indoor Championships, she cleared 4.85m to finish third behind Katie Nageotte (USA) and Anzhelika Sidorova (ANA) in Tokyo.

The Blackburn Harriers athlete, a three-time Olympic finalist, is making a welcome return to competitive action in Birmingham after a period of illness that led to her missing the 2022 indoor season.

“After a successful and consistent 2021 campaign I was hugely disappointed to miss the indoors, but with three major championships this summer, my priority was to rest, recover, and channel my energy into getting back to full health,” said the 30-year-old, who is ranked ninth on the world all-time list.

“It’s taken some time, but I’m at last feeling like myself again and I’m excited about the year ahead. After competing in front of few or no spectators throughout the pandemic, I can’t wait to open my season in Birmingham. I’ve enjoyed some fantastic performances at the Alexander Stadium over the years, and I hope I can pick up where I left off in Tokyo and give the crowd something to shout about.”

The Muller Birmingham Diamond League featuring the best athletes from around the world takes place at the Alexander Stadium on the 21st May. Sign up at Britishathletics.org.uk to receive exclusive access to priority tickets from Wednesday 16th March.