As Perth pole vaulter Nina Kennedy fell back to earth after clearing a new personal best of 4.71m last weekend, she let out a shriek of delight that could have echoed clear across the continent to the Gold Coast, where the Commonwealth Games trials start today.

She broke the world junior ­record in 2015, and qualified for her first Australian senior team, but Kennedy had been unable to reach that height (4.59m) for two years, marking time as she ­struggled with injury and personal ­issues.

She recalls being “overwhelmed’’ as she made her world championships debut in Beijing.

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