Armand Duplantis Breaks the Pole Vault World Record

Written by on February 9, 2020

Armand Duplantis, a 20-year-old Louisiana native who has been as shrewd in selecting the nation he represents as he has been in selecting his fiberglass poles, broke the world record within the pole vault on Saturday with a soar of 20 ft 2 ¾ inches, or 6.17 meters.

At an indoor meet in Torun, Poland, Duplantis edged by a centimeter the earlier report set in 2014 by Renaud Lavillenie of France, the 2012 Olympic champion.

Duplantis, identified extensively as Mondo, has already been chosen to compete on the Tokyo Video games, the place he will probably be a favourite to win gold. However he’ll put on the blue and gold uniform of Sweden, his mom’s dwelling nation, as an alternative of the pink, white and blue of the US.

Amongst different issues, Duplantis’s determination is a crafty little bit of technique.

If he had sought to signify the US on the Olympics, Duplantis would have needed to end among the many prime three vaulters on the Olympic observe and area trials in June. One unhealthy day, hassle together with his approach or adversarial climate circumstances would current the danger of getting to attend one other 4 years to compete within the Summer time Video games.

Sweden, together with many international locations, has a extra forgiving Olympic choice course of that’s not decided by a single trials efficiency.

Quite a lot of prime American vaulters have been left heartbroken by a disappointing efficiency on the trials. Famously, the decathlete Dan O’Brien, who was an Olympic gold-medal favourite in 1992, didn’t qualify for the 10-event self-discipline on the Barcelona Video games when he couldn’t clear a peak within the pole vault on the Olympic trials in New Orleans. O’Brien recovered to win the gold medal in 1996.

Duplantis, who is from a family of elite athletes, all of whom attended Louisiana State College, spent his boyhood summers in his mom’s native Sweden, competing for a observe and area membership there. His mom, Helena, was a heptathlete and volleyball participant at L.S.U.

A vaulting phenom from the age of seven with twin citizenship, Duplantis had to decide on which nation to signify in worldwide competitions. Partially, he was swayed by desirous to observe in his mom’s footsteps. However he additionally understood the dangers of making an attempt to qualify for the Olympics for the US with its trials format.

“I can’t say that wasn’t at the back of my thoughts,” Greg Duplantis, Mondo’s father and coach, stated on Saturday in a phone interview from Lafayette, La. “Each time, there’s a catastrophe or somebody comes up that nobody is aware of about.”

Greg Duplantis, who was an All-American pole-vaulter at L.S.U., stated most individuals he had encountered had been nice with Mondo’s determination, although “you get a number of disgruntled individuals.”

“I’m anticipating some backlash for the Olympics,” he stated. “I don’t fairly get it. He’s following in his mother’s footsteps. There shouldn’t be something flawed with that.”

Sam Kendricks of Oxford, Miss., the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and a two-time world champion, instructed The New York Occasions in 2017 that Mondo Duplantis’s determination was a “very skilled method of taking a look at it.”

“I do know lots of people are going to say, ‘Why don’t you compete for the US?’” Kendricks stated. “However that’s not the purpose of it for him. The purpose is to leap excessive and elevate the game.”

On Saturday, Duplantis told the website of track’s world governing body that the report was “one thing that I needed since I used to be three years previous. It’s an enormous 12 months, nevertheless it’s a great way to begin it.”

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