McTaggart snaps out of it
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.