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Holly Bleasdale will miss the 2014 season

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British pole vault record-holder Holly Bleasdale is already planning ahead to 2015 after announcing she will miss the rest of this season.

The 22-year-old succumbed to injury for much of 2013, and has decided this year she should work her fitness levels back up to where they need to be and then focus on next year.

Despite the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships taking place later in the summer, Bleasdale has decided to focus on her long-term goals, taking to Twitter to break the news.

"I've made the decision not to compete in the 2014 summer season," it read. "As everyone knows, I struggled a lot in 2013 with injury and I don't want another season where I risk fighting against things I can't control."

Bleasdale was forced to miss the World Championships in Moscow last year due to back and Achilles problems, but had returned to the indoor circuit at the start of this campaign.

The European indoor champion does not want to risk anything further, though, especially in a year without a world championships.

"My long term success is of the upmost importance to me, with Rio 2016 and London 2017 being my major targets," she revealed.

"I am sad that I won't get to see the British supporters in 2014, but I am making this decision with my long term goals at the forefront of my mind."

The Commonwealth's, without Bleasdale, begin in Glasgow on July 23.

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