Athletics: Kiwi pole vaulter Olivia McTaggart ruled out of world championships with wrist injury

A wrist injury has ruled rising Kiwi pole vaulter Olivia McTaggart out of the upcoming world championships in Doha.

The national champion needs surgery, after hurting her wrist when she broke her pole mid-air at the Auckland Vertical Pursuit street event last weekend.

The 19-year-old was attempting 4.40m, when she spectacularly snapped her carbon-fibre pole and crashed to the mat.

McTaggart was in obvious pain afterwards and she's now revealed the extent of her injury, which will see her spend time on the sidelines.

"Surgery on my wrist happens Tuesday," she posted on Instagram. "Not what I was hoping for at all but it's the best option and I'm grateful for the team I've got behind me.

"Onwards and upwards." 

The setback ends any chance McTaggart had of qualifying for the Doha world champs from late September, along with June's Oceania champs.

Despite the injury, McTaggart still won the Auckland street event with a winning clearance of 4.27m in the women's competition, beating fellow national squad members Imogen Ayris (4.17m) and Hannah Philpot (3.87m).