Olympic bronze medallist Eliza McCartney has won another award after her brilliant display at the Rio Games.

The Kiwi pole vaulter has been presented with the prestigious University of Auckland Blues Award.

McCartney, 19, leapt to bronze at the Rio Olympics, but her award recognises her jump of 4.64m in December last year, which broke the world junior pole vault record.

Her bronze medal at Rio in August was outside the eligibility for the 2016 Blues Awards.

McCartney, who was studying towards a Bachelor of Science in Physiology, was honoured with the most meritorious (sport) award.

“It’s amazing that such a prestigious university with so many students goes to the effort to recognise achievements beyond studies,” McCartney said.

“It is really positive for the students involved in sport and takes some of the pressure off balancing studies as well as sports commitments.”

McCartney won the overall sportswoman of the year award in 2015, with exciting karate star Tia Tuiburelevu winning it this year.


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