As you might expect, competing at the Rio Olympics was a pretty big deal for Australia’s then 19-year-old pole vaulter Kurtis Marschall – especially as he only qualified three days short of the deadline. But the post-Games reaction he encountered back home had a similar impact upon him.

For Marschall – who built upon that Olympic experience this year finishing seventh in the IAAF World Championships final with 5.65m before raising his personal best to 5.73m – the interest and expectations raised by his participation were something of a shock.

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