Katie’s Commonwealth debut is dampened by treacherous conditions

Hadfield pole vaulter Katie Byres in action.
Hadfield pole vaulter Katie Byres in action.

Hadfield pole vaulter Katie Byres was left ruing the weather after terrible conditions put paid to her Commonwealth Games debut last weekend.

Byres took part in the women’s final in Glasgow on Saturday but the event was blighted by rain.

The conditions meant the event was delayed by 45 minutes as organisers attempted to clear surface water off the track.

When competitors eventually started the event it was evident that the conditions were going to play a huge part.

Byres failed to register a mark, with only four athletes managing to clear 3.80m.

Australian Alana Boyd cleared 4.50m to take the gold medal, with Sally Peake from Wales securing silver with 4.25m.

England’s Sally Scott and Alysha Newman of Canada tied for the bronze with 3.80m.

Byres took to her official Facebook page to signal her disappointment.

She said: “Only four vaulters cleared a height due to unbelievably bad conditions. Unfortunately I wasn’t one of them.

“(I’ve) never vaulted in worse conditions. They were dangerous.

“(It was) A great experience these last two weeks and thank you everyone for your fantastic support!”