Duplantis, the child prodigy, becomes the new king of heights


Sports writing, Feb 8 (EFE) .- The very young Swede Armand Duplantis has beaten this afternoon at the Torun (Poland) meeting of the indoor track circuit, the pole vault world record with 6.17 meters, with what who becomes the new king of heights.

Duplantis improved by one centimeter the previous universal record that the Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie had with 6.16 since February 15, 2014 in Donetsk (Ukraine).

The athlete born twenty years ago in Lafayette (United States) was already about to achieve the world record last Tuesday in Düsseldorf (Germany), but ended up breaking the bar with his right elbow when he had passed.

This time it did not fail. Duplantis began his contest in 5.52, was left alone and went to the first 5.72, 5.92 and 6.01. He asked again 6.17 to overcome the record of Lavillenie. He could not in his first attempt, to tear down the bar with his thighs, but in the second he could achieve glory.

The new record holder went crazy, like everyone around him and the public. Quickly he hurried to approach the stands, ‘climbed’ to her and merged into an emotional hug with his mother Helena.

At 20 years and 90 days he becomes a youngest record holder of the pole vault since 1980 with the Frenchman Thierry Vigneron (5.75) and the second Swede after Kjell Isaksson, who beat him four times in 1972 (up to 5.59) .

Given his youth and his unstoppable progression since he began to emerge (in 2015 he already won gold in the Youth World Cup with 5.30), the Swedish athlete, world runner-up in Doha 2019 and European champion in Berlin 2018, seems in a position to become in the new king of this contest and to improve the world registry.

His spectacular jump was the great news of the meeting, in which the Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay (4: 00.09), the Ukrainian Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk (6.96) achieved the best world brands in 1,500 and length, respectively.

Briton Andrew Pozzi and Belarusian Alina Talay were the fastest in the final of 60 hurdles with 7.53 and 7.87, respectively; the Spanish Ignacio Fontes (3: 38.57) snatched the victory in the 1,500 men to the Brazilian Thiago Andre (3: 39.13); the Kenyan Collins Kipruto won in the 800 with a time of 1: 45.86; the Czech TomasStanek the weight with 21.86 meters; and the 60 smooth ones went to the American Shania Collins (7.24) and the Slovak Jan Volko (6.58).


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