Alysha Newman falters in Doha day after Air Canada damaged her poles

Was it the poles, searing temperature or something else?

Whatever the case, Canadian pole vaulter Alysha Newman didn’t appear herself during Friday’s season-opening Diamond League meet in Doha, Qatar, but in fairness to the London, Ont. native, she wasn’t competing with her own poles.

After clearing 4.54 metres at Qatar Sports Club, the 23-year-old missed all three attempts at 4.64 to finish seventh in a field of nine, one day after Newman lashed out at Air Canada from her Twitter account for damaging her equipment.

On Thursday, Newman wrote that her heart was broken along with her poles, ‘thanks to Air Canada.’

Having cleared 4.24 in Doha, where the temperature hovered around 34 C, Newman needed all three tries to clear 4.44 and 4.54.

At last month’s Commonwealth Games in Australia, she matched her personal best of 4.75 to shatter the Games record of 4.62 that had stood since 2006.

Newman had a breakthrough 2017 season during which she vaulted 4.60 or more 10 times. At the world indoor track and field championships in March, she cleared 4.70.

Diamond League on CBC Sports

CBC Sports is providing live streaming coverage of all 14 Diamond League meets this season at and via the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices. TV coverage will be featured as part of the network’s Road To The Olympic Games weekend broadcasts throughout the season.

The following is a list of upcoming Diamond League meets:

  • Shanghai (May 12, 7 a.m. ET)
  • Eugene – Prefontaine Classic (May 26, 4 p.m. ET)
  • Rome (May 31, 2 p.m. ET)
  • Oslo (June 7, 2 p.m. ET) 
  • Stockholm (June 10, 10 a.m. ET)
  • Paris (June 30, 2 p.m. ET)
  • Lausanne (July 5, 2 p.m. ET)
  • Rabat (July 13, 1 p.m. ET)
  • Monaco (July 20, 2 p.m. ET)
  • London (July 21-22, 10 a.m. ET, 9 a.m.)
  • Birmingham (Aug. 18, 3 p.m. ET)
  • Zurich (Aug. 30, 2 p.m. ET)
  • Brussels (Aug. 31, 2 p.m. ET) 

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