Monday, 19 June 2017 11:27

Kiwi vaulter McCartney falls short again

Eliza McCartney pole vaulting problems have continued in Europe, placing eighth at the latest Diamond League meet.

The Olympic bronze medallist struggled for a second successive meet, crashing out at 4.40m in Stockholm, well below her best.

The 20-year-old missed all three of her attempts at 4.55m in Oslo on Thursday, failing to record a height.

Setting the bar at a low 4.20m on Sunday, McCartney jumped cleared on the first attempt but then had no success when the it was raised a further 20cm.

Nicole Buchler of Switzerland won with a 4.65m clearance, a height McCartney has bettered several times this year.

That includes a strong showing at a Diamond League meet in Rome 10 days ago, where she vaulted 4.75m in her first meet after a three-month training block.

An attempt at improving her national record of 4.80m narrowly failed.

McCartney's next major target is the Diamond League event in London on July 9, building up to the world championships in the same city in August.

Meanwhile, leading Kiwi shot putter Jacko Gill has opened his European campaign with a promising win at a meet in Lisbon, Portugal, recording a best distance of 20.31m.

In the United States, rising middle distance runner Olivia Burdon produced a landmark performance.

Her 1500m time at a college meet in Portland was 4 minutes 11.19 seconds, beating the national under-20 record established by Dianne Rodger at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.