Mc­Tag­gart snaps out of it

The Timaru Herald - - Sport -

New Zealand world cham­pi­onships pole vault hope­ful Olivia Mc­Tag­gart shrugged off a dra­matic snapped pole to se­cure vic­tory in the Ver­ti­cal Pur­suit street event in the Auck­land CBD on Satur­day. But the 19-year-old Auck­lan­der was not able to tick off the 4.56-me­tre height she is chas­ing to se­cure a guar­an­teed spot at the world ath­let­ics cham­pi­onships in Doha later this year. Mc­Tag­gart had to set­tle for a win­ning clear­ance of 4.27m in the women’s com­pe­ti­tion, shad­ing fel­low na­tional squad mem­ber Imo­gen Ayris (4.17m) and Han­nah Philpot (3.87m). Mc­Tag­gart’s cracks at 4.40m, though, were not with­out drama as her pole snapped on her first at­tempt at the height. In the men’s com­pe­ti­tion Nick South­gate shaded Auck­land ri­val James Steyn to claim top hon­ours, clear­ing 5.27m to shade Steyn (5.17m), with Eti­enne Du Preez (4.47m) third.

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