Nina Kennedy is the new Australian pole vault record holder after breaking Alana Boyd’s mark on Saturday night.
Using one of Boyd’s old poles, Kennedy smashed the two-time Commonwealth champion’s Australian record at the Sydney Track Classic.
On a night where several of Australia’s leading female athletes excelled, Kennedy was the standout.
The 23-year-old powered over the bar at 4.82m at her first attempt, adding seven centimetres to her personal best and consigning the five-year-old mark of 4.81m set by the now-retired Boyd to the history books.
“I’m just happy that it’s done and I got it tonight,” said Kennedy.
“I’ve attempted it about five or six times this this season, so to just nail it on my first attempt, I’m so happy.
“I’ve had my last two comps where I’ve jumped on new poles and it hasn’t quite worked so I actually used … Alana Boyd’s poles.
“So thanks Alana, here’s a shout-out.”
Riley Day sets new Personal Best in 200 metres
Meanwhile, fellow female star Riley Day smashed her PB with an Olympic qualifier of 22.77 seconds in the women’s 200m.
“I knew that I was running fast, I just needed some good conditions and I had a perfect 2.0 (metres per second tailwind),” said Day.
“I couldn’t be more happy.
“I’ve had a lot of injuries and there has been some pressure on me, people saying that I’ve had my day and all I’ve wanted to do was prove them wrong and run for myself.”
Day shot to prominence as a 16-year-old when she ran against against Usain Bolt in the short-lived Nitro Series in 2017.
Source: Sam Goodwin