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Dennison targets final in Berlin

Kate Dennison
Kate Dennison has broken the British pole vault record six times in 2009

British record holder Kate Dennison is hopeful of reaching the pole vault final at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin in August.

25-year-old Dennison set a new record mark of 4.57m to win the UK trials in Birmingham on Saturday.

She told BBC Radio Stoke: "It was important for me to jump a new record in front of a British crowd.

"I'd love to reach the final in Berlin, and if I jump a personal best there, I think that will be a good day's work."

Dennison, who was born in South Africa but moved to Alsager at the age of four, believes her biggest challenge in Berlin will come from Eastern Europe.

"With Yelena Isinbayeva being the defending champion, there's going to be four Russian athletes there," said the Sale Harriers athlete.

"There are some good German and Polish girls competing as well, so it'll be good fun but it will also be very tough.

Dennison is positive that her success can help breed a new generation of British pole vaulters.

"There's a lot of talent coming through at the moment, but it's just not quite at the same standard. Give it a year or so and I'm sure it will be up there with the other events."


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