Victory in Canada for rising pole vault star

Pole Vaulter Eliza McCartney has equalled the New Zealand record, clearing 4.40 metres and winning the pole vault at the Harry Jerome International meeting in Vancouver today.

The 17- year-old cleared the bar at 4.40 on her third attempt to equal Melina Hamilton’s 11 year old senior national record and shoot up the world junior rankings just ten days out from the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

McCartney’s big vault also bettered her own New Zealand U20, U19 & U18 records of 4.15 set in May and a pending 4.27 indoor performance two weeks ago.

The Takapuna Grammar student now heads into the IAAF World Junior Championships ranked third on the World U20 list behind a Russian athlete on 4.46 and an American on 4.42.

At the same meeting Rosa Flanagan won the Women’s Mile B race, setting a personal best of 4:38.32, just 0.43 outside the New Zealand U20 and U19 records. The race completes an amazing run of performances by the 18 year old Cantabrian, who has set new personal bests over 1500, Mile and 3000 in five days.



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