GOLDEN GIRL: Meet Molly Caudery, Britain’s new pole vault WORLD CHAMPION

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At just 23 years old, World Champion Molly Caudery has emerged as a shining star in British athletics, capturing attention with her remarkable journey and impressive achievements in the world of pole vaulting.

Caudery’s recent triumph at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow, where she clinched gold, underscores her rapid ascent to the top of her sport.

Born and raised in Truro, Cornwall, Caudery’s athletic journey began amidst the picturesque landscapes of her coastal hometown. Initially drawn to gymnastics, she later transitioned to pole vaulting under the guidance of her father, Stuart Caudery, a former pole vaulter himself.

Raised in a family deeply entrenched in the sport, with both her mother, Barbara, and brother, Finley, also pole vaulters, Caudery’s early experiences laid the foundation for her future success.

On winning the world title, Caudery, told BBC Sport:

“I dreamed of it but I wasn’t sure if it would come true. It was such a tough competition so I knew it was going to be a fight. To have executed the way I did, I’m just proud of myself for that. 

“As soon as I got a medal, that was kind of all I came to do. It made me believe in myself.

“Those last two jumps that Eliza [McCartney] attempted, I was so on edge. We get on really well but obviously I can’t help but be a little bit happy!”

Caudery’s talent blossomed during her junior years, culminating in a silver medal at the 2017 European Athletics U20 Championships. Subsequent appearances at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and a scholarship stint at the University of Miami further honed her skills before she returned to the UK to train at Loughborough University.

However, Caudery’s journey has not been without its challenges. A freak finger injury in 2021 threatened to derail her career, requiring multiple surgeries and a lengthy recovery period. Undeterred, Caudery bounced back stronger, earning European U23 silver and Commonwealth silver in the following years, showcasing her resilience and determination.

In 2023, Caudery’s star continued to rise as she secured a British title and represented her country at the World Championships in Budapest, finishing an impressive fifth. Yet, it was in 2024 that Caudery reached new heights, setting personal bests and claiming the world-leading height in indoor pole vaulting.

Her stellar performance culminated last week in a dazzling display at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow, where she soared to victory, securing her first world title with a height of 4.80m. Overcoming formidable opponents, including Olympic medalists Eliza McCartney and Katie Moon, Caudery’s triumph electrified the home crowd and cemented her status as a force to be reckoned with in the sport.

Looking ahead, Caudery sets her sights on the Paris 2024 Olympics, fueled by newfound confidence and ambition. With her meteoric rise and unwavering determination, she says she aims to make her mark on the international stage, aspiring to secure an Olympic medal.

Watch this space!

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