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Dennison vaults summer's best in Sweden

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Kate Dennison (Sale Harriers Manchester) took a giant leap towards her top pole vaulting form at a meeting in Karlstad, Sweden, on Thursday evening, 20 July.

 

Four days after clearing 3.95m for second place at the Norwich Union European Trials, incorporating the UK Championships and AAA of England Championships, in Manchester, the 22-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent celebrated her selection for the European Championships by clearing 4.22m.

 

It was 1cm higher than the Gold medal winning performance by Ellie Spain (Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers) at the Trials and Dennison’s best performance since she cleared her personal best of 4.30m during her preparations for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in March.

 

The 4.22m clearance earned her third place, 10cm behind Hanna-Mia Persson (from Örgryte in Sweden) who beat Linda Persson (from Växjö in Sweden) on countback.

 

Trials Bronze medallist Irie Hill (Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow) will next week continue her bid to snatch the third pole vault place in the Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland Team for the European Championships in Gothenburg.

Disappointed with her 3.80m at the Trials, she competed at the Cheltenham Open meeting in Gloucestershire on Wednesday evening, 19 August – and fell victim to the first summer thunderstorm since the heat wave descended on the UK.

 

She comfortably won the competition with a first-time clearance at her opening height, 3.90m, and then asked for the bar to be raised to 4.25m. It must have punctured the blue skies for a storm broke so severely that all activities were suspended for 15 minutes.

 

After three narrow failures, she said: 'I am hopeful of reproducing in a competition my current training form where I am consistently in the 4.30-4.40m area, but I am struggling to find good competition. Last night there were 20 people in the comp so it was 9.30pm before I started jumping. Never mind, I will try and find a competition next week and am on the reserve list for Karlsruhe in Germany on Wednesday.'