The Rio 2016 bound pole vaulter, Kurtis Marschall (SA), has claimed silver with a clearance of 5.55m on day five at the 2016 IAAF World Under 20 Championships 2016 in Bydgoszcz (POL).
After three near misses from Marschall at 5.60m, Deakin Volz (USA) produced a life time best of 5.60m to take the gold medal, following up with a clearance of 5.65m.
“It’s a massive competition and it delivered, the boys just brought it to me, I knew I wouldn't have it easy but I thought I put myself in a good position jumping ‘45’ and ‘55’ on the first attempt. When it went to 5.60 I was confident, I’d jumped it before and I cleared it well but I just kept coming down on to it,” Marschall said.
Marschall started his competition with a first attempt clearance at 5.10m before clearing 5.20m on the second attempt. He then passed at 5.30m and 5.40m before sailing over 5.45m on the first time of asking and settling into pole position after leaping over 5.55m.
Marschall added that there was plenty of things he learnt and can apply when he heads to the Olympic Games. With Rio 2016 on the horizon, Marschall is excited about a second major championships in the space of a month.
“I’m glad I get an extra competition, I feel as though I haven’t done 100 percent at my best yet, so hopefully I get another hit out in the qualifying round and the opportunity to jump high there. I’m just looking forward to the experience and I will hopefully take away a lot from that,” Marschall added.
With thanks to Athletics Australia