Spread your thumb and forefinger 10cm apart.

That’s what stands between New Zealand having not just one, but two women pole vaulters at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The qualifying standards for both Tokyo and next year’s world athletics championships in Doha aren’t out yet, but 4.55m is expected to be the height athletes will need to clear.

New Zealand’s guru of the vault, Jeremy McColl, is confident of a two-pronged presence, certainly for Tokyo.

Eliza McCartney, the bronze medallist at Rio two years ago and the woman with the third-highest vault ever outdoors, yes. But the other?

Step forward Olivia McTaggart – 18, and pressing hard in McCartney’s shoeprints.

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