Olympic pole vault bronze medalist Eliza McCartney has revealed she's finally close to being back to full fitness as she gears up for the Diamond League season in Europe.
McCartney endured a frustrating New Zealand summer hampered by hamstring and groin injuries and opted not to return at last weekend's meet in Shanghai.
She says she could have competed but chose to remain in New Zealand ahead of her departure next month for Europe.
"I'm back vaulting. I'm on a little run-up at the moment, I'm not quite back to full run=up yet, but that's just because we're wanting to take the time to make sure I can work through the different run-ups."
McCartney says it was hard watching her rivals compete at the Shanghai Diamond League meet last weekend, but it was obvious they were only at the start of their campaigns.
"It's okay at the moment. If I had to miss any more that's when it gets really hard, as you're just sitting here feeling like you're so far behind as you can't compete at all, but I don't think that's going to happen as I'm looking really well."
She says she's on track to head to Europe next month and is likely to begin her campaign at a meet in Germany in July where she set her personal best last year.
There, she is confident that she will become only the second woman to break the five metres barrier.
Russian great Yelena Isinbayeva is the only athlete to break the mark, holding the world record at 5.06 metres.
McCartney, whose personal best, is 4.94 metres thinks she can soar higher.
"If I can be 100 per cent completely fit this season, I think there's no reason to think I wouldn't be able to give it another shot. I'm been jumping well, so there's no reason why I wouldn't be able to flip the bar and hit the track at five metres."