Eliza McCartney chases pole vault dream

New Zealand’s pole vaulting hope at the Rio Olympics, Eliza McCartney, is only 19 and hitting new heights every time she takes to the track. She’s ranked seventh in the world and currently holds the world junior record. Nevertheless, she said she would be battling nerves once the competition started…

Rio: Eliza McCartney into Pole vault final

Problematic poles haven’t stopped Eliza McCartney from soaring into the pole vault final at the Rio Olympics. The 19-year-old raised her arms in celebration after soaring over 4.60m, the mark for direct entry into Friday’s final. But she’d struggled early on in qualifying, needing three attempts to clear her first…

NZ backs teen spirit for Rio

Sports Call – Close to 200 athletes will represent New Zealand at the Rio Olympics shortly and a lucky few will reach that achievement before they even make their twenties. At one end of the spectrum, one of New Zealand’s oldest and most accomplished Olympians – Sir Mark Todd –…