Winning gold at the 2003 IAAF World U18 Championships in Sherbrooke represented the first steps in a long international career for German Chiaraviglio. The Argentinian pole vaulter reflects on his success from 14 years ago and explains how it proved crucial in his career development.

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There is little doubt Chiaraviglio was among the favourites for pole vault gold leading into the 2003 World U18 Championships in Sherbrooke, Canada. Earlier in the year he had made a giant leap forward in his career, adding 12 centimetres to his lifetime best with 4.93m in Rosario in March before clearing 5.11m in the same city two months later. Then, in his final meeting before his maiden global championships, he secured gold at the South American Junior Championships in Ecuador with a best of 5.16m.

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