Athletics: Eliza McCartney breaks NZ pole vault record, attempts 5m

Kiwi pole vaulter Eliza McCartney has surpassed her own national record with a winning clearance of 4.94m at Jockgrim, Germany.

The meeting is a pole vault-only event that regularly attracts the world's top performers. McCartney's clearance puts her atop the world rankings for the year and third all-time, edging American Jenny Suhr's 4.93m in April.

McCartney's previous national mark was 4.92m, set at Mannheim, Germany last month.

She opened her latest competition with first-time clearances at 4.60m and 4.70m, but needed two attempts at 4.80m and 4.87m.

McCartney, 21, succeeded with her third shot at 4.94m and then raised the bar to 5.01m - her highest competition attempt - hoping to become the third woman over the five-metre mark.

She failed with her first try and then retired from the competition, as a storm closed in.

Suhr finished second with 4.87m, with Briton Holly Bradshaw third on 4.80m.