TEAM NI: Weather conditions ruin Pole Vault hopes

Team Northern Ireland
Team Northern Ireland

The women’s pole vault final took place in heavy rain on Saturday night causing treacherous conditions in Hampden Park.

Northern Ireland’s Zoe Brown failed three times at her opening height of 3m80cm, as did half of the 10 finalists.

Only four registered any height at all with the two vaulters who cleared 3.80 – Sally Scott (England) and Alyeha Newman (Canada) claiming bronze.

Sally Peake from Wales took silver at 4.25 and favourite Alana Boyd from Australia the gold with a clearance of 4.50.

Brown said: “The warm up was very difficult and I took a few spills which affected my confidence.

“In 16 years vaulting I have never experienced weather conditions like it.

“As my confidence was low I decided to go in for a low height of 3.80 metres to ensure that I at least cleared one height. This plan did not work out as the weather conditions were at their worst and it ensured that 60 per cent of the field was eliminated.”

She added, “I cleared the bar on two of my vaults but knocked it down as my stance was wrong. The conditions were dangerous at times. I did what I thought was right and I am very disappointed. Sport is very cruel at times and it is a very hard pill to swallow. The experience was bitter sweet as the support from the crowd was incredible.”