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Kiwi pole-vaulter Olivia McTaggart determined to reach new heights at Auckland meet

New Zealand pole-vaulter Eliza McCartney continues to be plagued by injuries, with a hamstring niggle stopping her from competing at tomorrow’s Sir Graeme Douglas athletics meet in Auckland.

But fellow Kiwi pole-vaulter Olivia McTaggart is looking to stamp her mark at tomorrow's meet, as she aims to qualify for the world championships in September.

"I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself, but I’m just going to go out there enjoy the crowd have some fun and we'll see what happens," said McTaggart.

The 19-year-old says she is on track to qualify after a dominant year in the absence of injured McCartney.

McTaggart won the Sydney Classic and took out the pole-vault event at nationals last month.

"Goals are progressing and so is training and I’m getting on bigger poles so it's going to be really exciting," McTaggart said.

Her personal best is 4.46m and she needs to go 10cm higher to gain world championship qualification.

If McTaggart is able to complete 4.56m tomorrow, it will be the first time New Zealand has had two pole-vaulters at the world championship event - that is, if McCartney is fit enough to compete.

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The 19-year-old is aiming to qualify for the world championships in September. Source: 1 NEWS