Last night's under 20 pole vault competition at the Australian Junior Championships in Perth last night has been described by Athletics Australia as scintillating.
Eventually won by South Australia's Kurtis Marschall with a personal best and meet record leap of 5.50m, the event also included a season best from Angus Armstrong (NSW, 5.40m) and Declan Carruthers (SA, 5.20m) as they won silver and bronze.
Marschall’s performance will see him automatically selected to compete at the IAAF World Under 20 Championships, with all three also set to start at the Perth Track Classic on Saturday 12 March.
“That was pretty good. I cleared most heights on the first attempt which meant that I didn’t put myself under too much pressure. I got my timing right and pulled through. I’m pretty stoked,” Marschall said.
“I got close to that 5.62, too. The goal for me this year is 5.70m, my coach thinks I can do it, that’s just massive. We’ll take this for now and look forward to jumping big in the future.”
Armstrong’s selection is at the discretion of the Athletics Australia Selectors, but the performance is one that gives him great confidence for what would be his second appearance in the green and gold at Bydgoszcz 2016.
“I hope this will see me in the second spot for worlds. I got over the heights I needed but know I’ve got a bit to work on to get it all right. It looks like Australia will be there when we get to Bydgoszcz,” Armstrong said.
“The depth we have at the moment is awesome. Declan wins bronze tonight with a great jump and all of our performances are pushing us to new heights. That’s how the big countries in Europe and the USA find their results, so it’s nice to have it home soil.”
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The Australian Junior Athletics Championships is the largest in-stadium event hosted by Athletics Australia. Competition spans six days and continues tomorrow through Sunday 13 March, with the Perth Track Classic to be held on Saturday 12 March.
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