Technical issues scupper Eliza McCartney’s charge in pole vault at Commonwealth Games

Pole issues and a shortened runup meant Eliza McCartney was unable to reach her normal heights at the Commonwealth Games.

The 21-year-old Kiwi jumped 4.70 metres to claim silver, 5cm short of Canada’s Alysha Newman at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on Friday night.

It backed up the bronze medal she won at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but her jump was 12cm short of her personal best, which she mainly put down to jumping on a bigger pole.

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