Bleasdale into the final

Great Britain's Holly Bleasdale practices the pole vault during a Team GB athletics training session at the Monte Gordo Stadium in Monte Gordo, Portugal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 25, 2012. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Great Britain's Holly Bleasdale practices the pole vault during a Team GB athletics training session at the Monte Gordo Stadium in Monte Gordo, Portugal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 25, 2012. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

CHORLEY’S Holly Bleasdale moved one step closer to sealing Chorley’s second of the Olympic Games by making the final of the pole vault competition.

The Euxton-based ace breezed through qualifying when she reached 4.55m along with her Russian rival Yelena Isinbeyeva.

Speaking on BBC Sport, Holly said: “I was so nervous before the competition but all the crowd made it really easy for me. on my smallest pole

“All I wanted to come here and put in a good performance.

“I think there is a big jump in me because I was on my smallest pole today and I felt really quick I hope I will be able to jump my best.”

Holly posted a British record of 4.87m earlier this year and will be hoping to pull off a similar performance on Monday.