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McCartney wins Australian pole vault title

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Eliza McCartney celebrates after winning bronze in the pole vault. © Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports Eliza McCartney celebrates after winning bronze in the pole vault.

Eliza McCartney failed to scale the same heights as earlier in the summer but did enough to clinch the pole vault honours at the Australian athletics championships.

Olympic bronze medal-winning Kiwi McCartney cleared 4.50m to finish 20cm clear of the field at Sydney Olympic Park.

However, the 20-year-old failed in all three attempts at 4.70m.

It is five weeks since McCartney jumped a height of 4.82m at the Auckland Track Challenge, breaking her own national and Oceania records.

McCartney's training partner, 16-year-old Olivia McTaggart, was an impressive third. The Auckland schoolgirl cleared 4.30m on her third attempt but couldn't go any higher.

New Zealand's other gold medal on Saturday went to in-form sprinter Joseph Millar, who won the 100m final in 10.25 seconds.

Millar pipped Queensland's Trae Williams by 0.04sec but couldn't match his national record 10.18sec, achieved at the recent New Zealand championships. The world championships qualifying time is 10.12sec.

Kiwi javelin thrower Tori Peeters won a silver medal with her best of 56.74m, although that was nearly 5m behind Australian Kelsey-Lee Roberts.

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