New Zealand’s rising pole vault star Olivia McTaggart is expected to be back competing in time for September’s IAAF World Championships despite requiring surgery following a frightening incident last week.

The 19-year-old’s pole snapped mid-air while attempting 4.40m during the Vertical Pursuit on Auckland’s Federal St and she was in obvious discomfort, holding her wrist when she got up off the mat.

Although McTaggart bravely soldiered on and had two more attempts at the height, her manager Nick Cowan said it was later revealed that the Commonwealth Games representative had fractured a bone in her wrist and will now undergo surgery on Tuesday to correct it.

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