Eliza McCartney leaps to bronze

Author
Rikki Swannell,
Publish Date
Sat, 20 Aug 2016, 1:41PM
McCartney in competition (Getty Images)
McCartney in competition (Getty Images)

Eliza McCartney leaps to bronze

Author
Rikki Swannell,
Publish Date
Sat, 20 Aug 2016, 1:41PM

UPDATED 1.53PM: Pole-vaulter Eliza McCartney has won a remarkable bronze medal for New Zealand.

McCartney was the youngest in the field by five years, but showed a composure and maturity far beyond her 19 years.

She didn’t miss a vault until the bar was raised to 4.85metres, and all those clear jumps counted in the end as Australian rival Alana Boyd also missed all three at that mark, giving McCartney the bronze medal.

The rise of the Auckland teen had been rapid this year, but this is meteoric, a staggering performance from New Zealand’s latest athletics star.