Pushy parents are frowned on when it comes to sport but Wilma Murto is the first to state she would never have scaled the giddy heights of the Rio Olympics had it not been for a shove from her mother.

“My mum forced me into it,” said a grinning Murto before jostling in a pole vaulting field in Hastings today in the hope that the likes of New Zealand Olympian Eliza McCartney and fellow Aucklander Olivia McTaggart will propel her towards a personal best of 4.71m she set in a bronze medal effort at the 2016 Junior World Championship in Eugene, Oregon, in the United States.

The 20-year-old from Finland is here with compatriot Tomas Wecksten, 22, also from Lahti, to compete at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park in a build up to the annual Allan and Sylvia Potts Memorial Classic meeting on Saturday.

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