Eliza McCartney suffered a rare bad day in her second Diamond League meeting of 2017, failing to clear a height, after finishing third the previous week in Rome.

Starting at 4.55m, the 20 year old from Devonport had three misses, resulting in an early exit from the third Diamond League pole vault competition of the season.

McCartney’s coach Jeremy McColl called it a “little bad day”.

“There were really shifty winds making it tough out there today. It was a good learning experience for Eliza”, said McColl.   “She’s excited for the Stockholm Diamond League in three days”,  McColl added.

The competition was won by Yarisley Silva from Cuba, the 2016 World Champion,  clearing 4.81m

Anzhelika Sidirova from Russia finished second, clearing 4.75m while German Lisa Ryzih was over 4.65 for third.

Silva has moved up to first in the Diamond League standings on 21 points, ahead of Stefanidi from Greece who bypassed Olso, on 16. McCartney sits in seventh place on six points.


1 Yarisley Silva (CUB)                      4.81

2 Sidirova (RUS)                                4.75

3 Lisa Rydih (GER)                            4.65

Eliza McCartney                              NH

Diamond League standings (after three rounds):

1 Yarisley Silva (CUB)                      21

2 Ekaterina Stefanidi (GRE)          16

3 Lisa Ryzih (GER)                             15

7 Eliza McCartney (NZL                  6

Athletics New Zealand