National champion Olivia McTaggart has suffered every pole vaulter’s worse nightmare on her way to victory at the Auckland’s Vertical Pursuit street event.

Competing in the shadow of the Sky Tower, McTaggart had already won the women’s division with a clearance of 4.27m, when she spectacularly snapped her carbon-fibre pole and crashed to the mat, while attempting the next height.

The North Shore teen, who competed at last year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, wrung her hand in agony, but courageously returned for two more unsuccessful attempts at 4.40m to end her competition.

Most vaulters will snap a pole at some point in their careers, but it’s still a rare enough occurrence to shock most of the inner-city onlookers.

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