Great feats cannot be hidden under the sun, even if they take place in indoor arenas, and Holly Bleasdale‘s burgeoning reputation and shine reaches the furthest quarters of the athletics sphere to have rendered her as a hot new attraction on the circuit.

Her recent sensational UK record of 4.87m in Lyon raised her ‘stakes’ sharply and it was only a matter of time before she was summoned to a first major joust for the right to the throne of the women’s pole vault and it couldn’t get bigger than Yelena Isinbayeva, the very icon of the event itself.

‘Isi’ is endeavouring to resurrect her fallen empire and made a solid start of 4.70m in Volgograd last month but has been overshadowed against the blazing fireworks of not only Bleasdale but also Jenn Suhr (USA) and Sielke Spiegelburg (GER) in the skies, facing a potential danger to slip further behind as the event undergoes dramatic changes about to inaugurate a new era.

The Briton has shifted her run-up from 14 up to 16 strides from early last week so her range should be anticipated to push higher and could even set her up to challenge as high as the world record itself, having already attempted 5.01m this term.

The setting will be the Pedros Cup in Bydgoszcz (Poland), the winter version, and former world champion Anna Rogowska will be adding further gloss to that first showdown.

UK U20 record holder Katie Byres, striding on the blazing trail of Bleasdale, will be also on hand looking to soar higher than her landmark of 4.36m and Andrew Sutcliffe will be hoping to build on his recent PB of 5.54m and make impression on Steve Lewis ahead of the UK Trials this weekend.

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