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Kurtis Marschall

Athletics

Gold medallist in Men’s pole vault at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Training at WAIS within the same program that Steve Hooker did to win the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Bio

Kurtis Marschall is the bold new star of Australian athletics. Marschall won a gold medal in the Men’s pole vault at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. In a dramatic final, he sent the 35,000-strong parochial home crowd into raptures when he made a third-attempt clearance at 5.70m to edge out 2015 World Champion, Canada’s Shawnacy Barber.

Marschall went into the Games’ in form following an impressive 4th place finish at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham. It was billed as the strongest field ever to contest a World Indoor final and Marschall showed composure beyond his years to equal his personal-best mark at 5.80m, which would have been good enough to medal at the last eight iterations of the event.

At the ‘All-Star Perche’, an Invitational meet organised by French pole vaulter and world record holder Renaud Lavillenie, Kurtis Marschall recorded a personal best jump of 5.87m to finish in third place.

Kurtis Marschall has relocated to Perth from his hometown of Adelaide to train at the West Australian Institute of Sport. He’s had an injury-disrupted season however preparations are well on track for Marschall to be ready to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. He is considered to be a genuine medal prospect.

Achievements

Bronze – 2019 ‘All-Star Perche’
Gold – 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
4th – 2018 Diamond League Shanghai
4th – 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham
Gold – 2016-2018 Australian Athletics Championships
7th – 2017 IAAF World Championships London
2nd – 2016 IAAF u/20 World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz

Kurtis has a PB of 5.87m set in February 2019. At the same age (20), Steve Hooker’s PB was 5.25m and he went on to become Australia’s most successful field athlete of all time winning every major pole vault title in international athletics.

Info

Nationality: Australian
DOB: 25 April 1997
Age: 22
Height: 191cm
Sport: Pole Vault
Resides: Perth, WA
Partners: Adidas

Awards

2017/18 Athlete of the Year, Athletics SA
2018 Young Achievers Sports Award, Channel 9
2017 Junior Male Athlete of the Year, South Australian Institute of Sport
2016/17 Junior Athlete of the Year, Athletics Australia
2016/17 Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year, Athletics SA