The weather did pole vault sensation Kurtis Marschall no favours at the Canberra Track Classic on Monday.

The rain closed in just as the Commonwealth champion was getting into stride in his first full competition since breaking both heels in a botched landing at the Diamond League final in Brussels five months ago.

It didn’t stop him getting the win on countback from training partner Declan Carruthers.

But the winning height of 5.30m was a world away from the PB of 5.86m Marschall set last year – the biggest vault by an Australian in seven years.

Not that it really mattered as the 21-year-old will have the perfect opportunity to jump big in ideal conditions next month.

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