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Holly Bradshaw: 'Pandemic has helped me prepare for Olympics'

The British Championships double as the Olympic trials in Manchester this weekend.

Holly Bradshaw believes adapting to the coronavirus pandemic has helped her focus on her Olympic dream.

The pole vaulter is preparing for this weekend's British Championships in Manchester, which double as the Olympic trials.

Bradshaw has previously admitted to living like a hermit during the pandemic but feels she is in the right place ahead of the delayed Tokyo Games, which start next month.

"I'm quite boring anyway, I'm not one of these people who likes to go out for a drink on a Saturday," said the 29-year-old, who came sixth at London 2012 and fifth at the Rio Games five years ago.

"The only thing I really miss is the cinema. I train, come home and as long as I have a coffee and Netflix I don't need much else.

"Covid hasn't really changed things too much for me but it means there are no distractions. I'm not drawn into anything.

"It has made you more focused and given you more time at home to plan and reflect. I have become way more organised.

"I'm not worried about getting Covid because when I did I wasn't bad and I'm double vaccinated, in the UK we have these rules in place for a reason.

"If I come into contact with someone in Nando's who has Covid I have to be in my house for 10 days which sucks. As a professional athlete it's awful."

Holly Bradshaw is preparing to switch to Tokyo time ahead of the Games
Holly Bradshaw is preparing to switch to Tokyo time ahead of the Games (Martin Rickett/PA)

Bradshaw also admitted she will live on Tokyo time, eight hours ahead of the UK, before she flies to Japan next month.

She said: "I've got my plan for the flight to Tokyo, when I need to eat, go to sleep. I like to time shift, I did it for the (Commonwealth Games) Gold Coast in Australia (in 2018) and I got zero jet lag.

"I spent the last couple of weeks refining the time, 10 days out from travelling to Tokyo I'll start shifting my hours. The day before I fly I'll go to bed at 6pm and wake up at 4am."

Sir Mo Farah also runs in a specially-arranged 10,000m at the Manchester Regional Arena on Friday in a last-ditch attempt to qualify for the Games.

The four-time Olympic champion failed to make the qualifying time in Birmingham earlier this month but will book a Team GB spot if he runs inside 27 minutes 28 seconds.

Dina Asher-Smith runs in the 100m, Laura Muir goes in the 800m with Zharnel Hughes, Reece Prescod and Adam Gemili also running the men's 100m heats on Friday.

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB trio Vicky Holland, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jess Learmonth all have realistic medal hopes in the women's event (10.30pm-1am)

· After an impressive opening day, Great Britain play their final group game against a Fiji side level with them at the top of the pool, but also yet to hit their brilliant best (1.30am)

· After disappointment for friend and housemate Jade Jones, Bianca Walkden will go for gold in the women's +67kg category (2am-2.30pm)
· Mahama Cho is another medal contender for Team GB in the men's +80kg class (2am-2.30pm)

· Team GB's Duncan Scott has the chance to claim his first individual Olympic medal in the men's 200m freestyle final. Teammate Tom Dean is also involved. (2.43am)
· Kathleen Dawson is the Team GB representative in the women's 100m backstroke final (2.51am)

· Eden Cheng and Lois Toulson will look to emulate Tom Daley and Matty Lee's success in the women's 10m synchro final (7am-8am)

· Three-time Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin is part of a Team GB team going for gold in the dressage team Grand Prix final (9.30am)

· Superstar Simone Biles leads the United States side in the women's team final (11.45am-2.10pm)

· Team GB's women's team play their final group game, taking on Canada with qualification for the knockout rounds already secured (12pm)

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