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Boyd soars to gold on a night unfit for flying

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Australia’s Alana Boyd won gold in the women’s pole vault in shambolic conditions at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday morning.

Boyd’s 4.50m was good enough for top spot and a successful defence of her 2010 Commonwealth gold.

But the meet saw six of the 10 competitors fail to get over the bar on the first height of 3.80m, due to a slippery, soaking track.

Among the casulties were Australia’s Liz and Vicky Parnov, who failed to clear the bar.

But Boyd did manage a clearance, and extended her height past Wales’ Sally Peake (4.25m), while Canada’s Alysha Newman (3.80m) took the bronze.

I didn’t do it the easiest way. We had to deal with the rain. The third attempt was horrible. I jumped off a short run-up, but I won,” Boyd said.

“It’s really bad. A few girls slipped down. It’s not the safest sport in the rain. I was able to get it done today.

“I was so nervous today. I’m normally fairly calm. I felt sick. I was in good shape I put pressure on myself.”