South Australian teenager Kurtis Marschall started the summer with a pole vault best of 5.42m. But after a whirlwind six months, he has raised that best to 5.70m – smashing the Australian junior record and ranking as eighth best junior performance in history. After some close tussles over the last couple of years with NSW’s Angus Armstrong, Marschall exploded in March in Perth winning the national junior title and raising his personal best to 5.50m. At the senior nationals in April he again won and raised his best to 5.55m.
On tour in Europe preparing for the IAAF world junior championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland in late July, Marschall opened his campaign with a stunning 5.70m clearance competing in Mannheim, Germany. It was the highest vault by a junior in the world for three years.
Australia has a strong recent tradition in pole vaulting built by Steve Hooker, Dmitri Markov, Viktor Chistiakov and Paul Burgess who have won medals at all the major championships.
Marschall is coached by former national championship medallist Kym Simons in Adelaide. Pole vault has been the strongest event in the state’s history, producing and developing six of top-10 Australians of all time.
Away from the track, Marschall is not far from sport, currently in his second year of a Bachelor of Human Movement at the University of South Australia.
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Pole Vault Men
North Adelaide, SA, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut.
- 1st (Pole Vault) - 2016 Mannheim Junior Gala (Mannheim, Germany)
- 1st (Pole Vault) - 2016 Australian Athletics Championships (Sydney, Australia)
- 1st (Pole Vault) - 2016 Australian U20 Athletics Championships (Perth, Australia)
- 1st (Pole Vault) - 2016 Perth Track Classic (Perth, Australia)
- 20th (Pole Vault) - 2014 IAAF World Juniors Championships (Eugene, USA)
- Setting a personal best, Olympic qualifier and national U20 record in Mannheim Junior Gala, June 2016
- Winning the national senior title with a PB of 5.55m in Sydney, April 2016
- Winning the national junior title with a PB of 5.50m in Perth, March 2016
- Breview Pimary School (SA, Australia)
- Woodcroft College (SA, Australia)
- Bachelor of Human Movement - University of South Australia (2015-current)
Kym Simons (2010- current)
Western Districts Athletics Club
Primary Training Base
- Lucky undies on comp day
- Favourite food
- Big Fat Juicy Burgers
- Favourite holiday destination
- Favourite music
- EDM Remixes
- Dream car
- WV golf GTI
- Personal Motto
- Control the controlables
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Altius In writing on my ribs
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- High Jump
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Steve Hooker Olympic gold 2008 Men's Pole Vault
- First Olympic Memory?
- 2000 women's 400m final
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- Sergey Bubka
- Why this sport?
- The Pursuit of Perfection is its own reward