Australia’s Alana Boyd won gold in the women’s pole vault in shambolic conditions at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday morning.
Boyd’s 4.50m was good enough for top spot and a successful defence of her 2010 Commonwealth gold.
But the meet saw six of the 10 competitors fail to get over the bar on the first height of 3.80m, due to a slippery, soaking track.
Among the casualties were Australia’s Liz and Vicky Parnov, who failed to clear the bar.
But Boyd did manage a clearance, and extended her height past Wales’ Sally Peake (4.25m), while Canada’s Alysha Newman (3.80m) took the bronze.
“We had a bit of a delay at the start with the rain. I can’t say it was extremely fun out there,” Boyd told Grandstand.
“Unfortunately a lot of the girls no-heighted, and it was tough.
“To clear 4.15m on my third attempt, I don’t think I’ve been more excited to clear 4.15 ever. It got me into the competition, then the weather improved and I just got on with it.
“It’s great to come away with the medal.
“It was a bit of luck of the draw. If you started lower or higher, I actually was going to start at 4.25m and then ended up coming in at 4.15 just to make sure I got a jump in in good conditions.
“It was difficult out there for all of us.”
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