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Commonwealth Games: Alana Boyd wins pole vault gold in wet conditions, Liz and Vicky Parnov crash out

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.”

From:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-03/boyd-wins-pole-vault-gold/5643906

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