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Marschall chasing new heights

Commonwealth games gold medallist Kurtis Marschall will launch his Tokyo games pursuit on the back of vaulting an Olympic qualifying 5.80m at the Jandakot Track Classic.

Marschall in his first competitive meet since returning from a lower back injury that kept him out of competition for the whole of 2019 failed the first two jumps before clearing the height on his third attempt.

Speaking on #SportsLine Marschall said the resumption exceeded expectations.

"I couldn't of planned it better." he said.

"Honestly I'm so stoked it's played out the way that it did, yeah it was a tough road coming back from missing out of all of 2019, coming back with a bang, very happy, it takes a lot of pressure off."

Marschall's lower back injury was caused by too much competition in a short period and the 24-year-old said he had learnt from the experience.

"We got caught in this trap of chasing tournaments all around the world, like all year round so I kind of kept burying myself deeper and deeper and kept training at such a high level.

"After jumping too much I got this little bit of a stress fracture, I wasn't really noticing that much pain but after I got a precautionary MRI it came back with bad results."

Marschall believed he couldn't rest on his Commonwealth games performances and that he now needed to move on and focus on the Olympics and was looking forward to that.

The next stop on the calendar is the Canberra Track Classic on February 13.

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