Sweden’s Armand Duplantis, world record holder, was crowned Olympic pole vault champion on Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics. Duplantis, 21, the undisputed king of the pole vault for two seasons, is the only one to have crossed 6.02 m to beat the American Christopher Nilsen (5.97 m) and the Brazilian Thiago Braz, 2016 Olympic champion (5.87 m). Duplantis would then try to beat his own world record (6.18 m), with a bar at 6.19 m.
Logically, Armand Duplantis, world record holder, wins the gold medal in the pole vault! It is at 6.02 m that he went to seek this title against the American Christopher Nilsen #Olympic Games #Tokyo2020
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An extraordinary trajectory
This Olympic title marks the advent of the new phenomenon of the pole vault, while Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie, 2012 Olympic champion, was only able to cross 5.70 m, injured during the warm-up in his right ankle after having already sprained his left ankle three weeks before the start of the Games. He finished eighth.
Duplantis, born in the United States but who competes for Sweden, the country of his mother, became European champion in 2018 at 19, vice-world champion in 2019, then world record holder in 2020 with 6.17 then 6.18 m in February 2020.
Alone in the world
He has only been beaten once in 29 contests over the past two seasons, including 19 completed over 6 meters. The Swedish prodigy started the year on a high basis. He flew over the indoor season with four meetings over six meters and the best performance in the world (6.10 m), a bar again passed outdoors in June in Hengelo (Netherlands).
In Tokyo, he showed great confidence in each of his jumps. After an entry at 5.55 m then a jump to 5.80, the Swede played with the nerves of his opponents by stopping at 5.87 m. Nilsen and Braz them, ensured the medal by crossing this bar, but then had to admit defeat in front of Duplantis, alone in the world from 6.02 m.