It is fair to say that Eliza McCartney has developed a resilience that matches her brilliance when things are humming on the pole vault runway. And the 27-year-old Aucklander looks like she is going to need it as she prepares to end an eight-year wait for her second Olympics appearance.

As the warm Kiwi medal prospect revealed in an exclusive interview with the Star-Times from her Loughborough training base in England, her buildup for for the Paris Games has been thrown into, if not chaos, then certainly an element of disarray by more Achilles tendon troubles that have cast a cloud over preparations.

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