An enforced six-month pole vault-free break has worked wonders for Olympic bronze medallist Eliza McCartney’s technique

The 21-year-old Aucklander’s trials and tribulations with a troublesome Achilles tendon have had an unexpected up-side, which McCartney hopes will reap dividends at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

McCartney will line up the women’s pole vault final on Friday as a firm favourite, and in a confident frame of mind after refining her technique while rehabilitating her Achilles.

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