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Athletics: Eliza McCartney aims to clear magical five-metre mark

It’s creeping closer; Eliza McCartney can feel it, the statisticians can see it.

Only two women have gone higher outdoors in the history of pole vault than the North Shore athlete.

Tonight, McCartney will compete in the penultimate Diamond League meeting in Birmingham and her sights are set on finding another 6cm to join the sport’s all-time elite.

It would be the ideal way to cap what McCartney reckons to be her best year of international competition.

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