Face of Rio on track for classic

Eliza McCartney isn’t going to plant, take off, swing up, extend, turn and fly away at the end of a pole just yet but the hottest property in athletics is booked to jet into Hastings for the annual Allan and Sylvia Potts Memorial Classic in this Saturday.

Pole-vaulting sensation McCartney and fellow Rio Olympics medallist Nick Willis will be the headline acts as the code’s ambassadors for the 18th edition of the classic to be staged at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park.

“Eliza’s coming but, unfortunately, she’s not competing but she will be at the ground signing autographs, along with Nick Willis, who won’t be running either,” says meeting manager Richard Potts, the son of the late Allan and Sylvia Potts.

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