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'I'm constantly working' – Eliza McCartney targets huge 2019 after injury woes

Eliza McCartney is looking to put her recent injury woes behind her, as she builds into the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.

After rising to fame with a bronze medal pole vault performance in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, McCartney has been dogged by injuries, with her heel and Achilles proving troublesome in particular.

However, after a short summer break, McCartney is back into training, looking to rediscover her best form going into another huge 12 months in her career.

"I'm still working through a few things at the moment," McCartney began.

"I don't know what has been over the past few years, I keep getting injury after injury. But we're working towards the summer season.

"The first comp is meant to be in a couple weeks time, so hopefully I'll be ready to go, otherwise I've got the whole summer. And then we'll be going into the international season with World Champs at the end.

"And I can finally say the Olympics is next year, which is crazy. That's the biggest target. Everything we do from now we're looking at that."

McCartney also said that she's working towards her ultimate target, hopeful of finally clearing the elusive five-metre mark, with her personal best currently at 4.94m.

"I'm constantly working on technique and speed, and obviously all of that's going to help.

"Six centimetres, it's just so close it's horrible, [but] I'll get there one day, I promise."

Lastly, the 2016 bronze medallist laid out her ambitions for the coming year, targeting a shot at glory at the Athletics World Champs.

"World Champs is the biggest one. That's a biggie, but I always come from the perspective of I can only do the best I can.

"I'm never really thinking of any particular place or medal, that sort of thing just comes from what you do.

"At the end of the day, it's more about the heights and how I attack that. Five metres is still the goal, so come December, five metres will be the target."

The Kiwi pole vaulter is aiming to crack the elusive 5m mark before Tokyo 2020. Source: 1 NEWS


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