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Ashley Bryant’s Olympic hopes in doubt after airline loses his pole vaults

• Decathlete’s equipment went missing after original flight was cancelled
• Bryant borrows poles but 44 points short of Rio qualifying score in Götzis

The Rio Olympic ambitions of Great Britain’s top decathlete Ashley Bryant could be dashed because his pole vaults failed to arrive in Götzis due to an airline cock-up.

The 25-year-old finished the two days of competition in Austria with 8,056 points – an agonising 44 short of the 8,100 required to make it to Rio. The pole vault proved to be the difference as Bryant struggled to clear 4.40m, 30cm below his personal best, because he was using borrowed equipment in heavy rain.

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