Kiwi pole vaulter Eliza McCartney awaiting scan as Achilles problem hits buildup
Eliza McCartney's athletics world championships buildup has hit a speed bump.
The Kiwi Olympic bronze medallist in the pole vault has been battling a right Achilles tendon problem in her European buildup campaign, and is to have a scan on the injury to determine the extent of the problem.
Coach Jeremy McColl is optimistic it will not prove serious enough to compromise her first world championships, being held in London in August.
"I'm pretty sure it's not a rupture or a tear ... potentially it's just an inflamed tendon," McColl told Radio Sport from their training base in Germany.
"It's one of those things – it can flare up or it can go away."
McCartney has been hampered by the sore Achilles during her last two Diamond League events, which explains rather sub-par performances.
In Oslo last Friday the 20-year-old North Shore vaulter failed at all three attempts at 4.55m, while in Stockholm on Monday she cleared a lowly 4.20m before exiting at the 4.40m mark.
The Kiwi had produced a record-breaking clearance of 4.82m at the Auckland Track Challenge in February off her shorter 12-step runup, and had made a solid start to her European campaign in Rome in early June when she nailed 4.75m to finish third.
McColl is confident that if scans clear her of any major damage his young charge will still have plenty of time to find top form ahead of the world championships which get under way on August 5.
With no women's pole vault on the next couple of Diamond League meet schedules, McCartney's next outing is scheduled to be in London on July 9.
is hopeful of making the start line for that much-needed final shakedown ahead of the world champs.