Quote Of The Day
“She wanted to share the gold but I refused. I wanted to fight for it and beat her. That’s the fire in me. … I’d rather have got silver than shared gold. I’m such a fighter and competitor that I don’t want to share gold with someone. I want to fight for the gold for my own and I was ready to risk losing that. I knew that she was done and tired, psychologically a bit weak. It paid off. … It sounds really harsh when I say it but that’s what athletics is. I think she was a little bit upset. She was here to defend her title and had the opportunity to do that. I could tell she wasn’t happy. But I wanted to win gold for GB and not win it joint with Poland.”
– UK pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale talking about how she chose to have a jump-off rather than tie for gold with Poland’s Anna Rogowska at the 2013 European Indoor Championships. Bleasdale ended up winning and will again face Rogowska (the current world leader) in front of her home crowd at this weekend’s World Indoor Champs.