Apart from international travel restrictions, it as business as usual for the sport of athletics in New Zealand.
Olympic bronze medallist Eliza McCartney is one of the rising stars of global athletics. Here the 20-year-old New Zealand vaulter recalls a significant victory in her then fledgling career.
Competing on her home track, Eliza McCartney broke the Oceania record in the pole vault, topping 4.82m at the Auckland Track Challenge on Sunday (26).
A debut Olympic Games as a teenager: a perfect opportunity to gain some highly valuable experience ahead of further appearances later in a career. A chance to learn the ropes of competing on the greatest stage in athletics, in the hope that further down the line, this insight gathered can propel an athlete towards the medal podium in future Games.
For the fifth time within a four-month period, 19-year-old Eliza McCartney broke her own national record, winning the New Zealand title with a clearance of 4.80m in Dunedin on Saturday (5).
New Zealand has historically punched above its weight on the global athletics stage, despite a population of only about 4.5 million people.
New Zealand’s Eliza McCartney broke the pole vault world junior record * when she scaled 4.64m at the Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Saturday (19).