McCart­ney vault­ing into Brit­o­mart

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Auck­land’s Brit­o­mart atrium is be­ing trans­formed into a pole vault­ing arena on Wed­nes­day night.

Olympic bronze medal­ist El­iza McCart­ney will be joined by a host of in­ter­na­tional tal­ent in Ath­let­ics New Zealand’s Ver­ti­cal Pur­suit - the only street pole vault event of its kind in the coun­try.

The field in­cludes Canada’s Alysha New­man, who com­peted in the 2016 Rio Olympics and holds her coun­try’s na­tional women’s record, as well as Mor­gann Leleux, an up-and­com­ing star from the United States who was a sil­ver medal­ist in the Na­tional Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (NCAA) com­pe­ti­tion.

Kiwi 17-year-old Olivia McTag­gart will also com­pete - fresh off break­ing McCart­ney’s U17 New Zealand record in Novem­ber.

Event or­gan­iser Gareth Archer said it’s the big­gest street event Ath­let­ics New Zealand had or­gan­ised with some of the best in­ter­na­tional tal­ent avail­able.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be very ex­cit­ing,’’ Archer said.

‘‘It’s a great sport and a great spot and a great way to show it all off.’’

The com­pe­ti­tion, now in its sec­ond year, starts at 6.20pm with all re­sults from the event count­ing to­wards of­fi­cial world rank­ings. Archer ex­pected tonight’s free event to at­tract keen fans and cu­ri­ous by­passers.

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Rio 2016 bronze medal­ist El­iza McCart­ney will grace the Atrium in Brit­o­mart tonight in a one-off street pole vault event.

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