Pole vault star Eliza McCartney's season is over.

The North Shore athlete suffered a painful heel injury during a Diamond League meet in Birmingham last month, which ruled her out of two subsequent events, including the Diamond League final in Zurich.

However she had been hoping to get one more competition in this year, the Continental Cup teams event starting in Ostrava, in the Czech Republic this weekend.

McCartney is in Ostrava, did some training work but was unable to complete a vault and has withdrawn.


Until the Birmingham injury, the 21-year-old had enjoyed her best international season, producing three personal best vaults and the biggest of them, 4.94m in Germany in July, is the third highest outdoor leap of all time.

McCartney, the Rio Olympic bronze medallist two years ago, is returning home and will have a few weeks' off training before the start of the New Zealand domestic season.