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Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis Takes Gold in Men’s Pole Vault

World document holder Mondo Duplantis of Sweden received the Olympic males’s pole vault gold medal on Tuesday, hovering over 6.02 metres on his first try at that top.

The 21-year-old Duplantis, who completed with a silver medal behind world champion Sam Kendricks of the United States in 2019, remained the one man to fly over six metres this yr.

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Double world champion Kendricks was not in Tokyo to problem him after lacking the Games following a constructive take a look at for the novel coronavirus.

The Swede wanted solely 5 jumps in the course of the ultimate to clear the bar at heights of 5.55, 5.80, 5.92, 5.97 and the gold-winning leap of 6.02.

“It’s a surreal feeling, actually, I nonetheless don’t know clarify it,” Duplantis stated, after spending an hour to honour his media commitments.

“It’s one thing I’ve wished for thus lengthy and now that it’s lastly right here, and I lastly did it, it’s so loopy.

“Ever since I used to be a bit of child I’ve beloved this sport a lot and I’ve at all times believed that it could take me to some nice locations, and the truth that I’m truly right here, I’m on the Olympics and having the ability to win it’s improbable.”

Influenced by his father Greg, who was a former U.S. pole vaulter, Duplantis first grabbed the limelight when he twice bettered the world document of 6.16m with clearances of 6.17m and 6.18m in February final yr on the World Indoor Tour.

It earned him the accolade of the male World Athlete of the Year in 2020.

HUMID NIGHT

Having sealed his gold medal on a heat and humid evening in Tokyo, Duplantis determined to go for one more world document try at 6.19m, forcing the few hundred spectators on the Olympic Stadium to remain of their seats.

Cheered on by his fellow opponents from the ultimate and people current within the stands, Duplantis went over on his first try however his chest caught the bar on the way in which down. He tried twice extra nevertheless it was to not be.

“The world document would have been good, and I felt like I used to be shut, however it’s what it’s. I’m not going to take a seat right here and complain,” he stated.

He turned the primary world document holder to win Olympic gold within the males’s pole vault since Sergey Bubka in 1988 in Seoul.

American Chris Nilsen cleared the bar at 5.97 together with his first try on the top to problem for the gold however couldn’t match Duplantis’s 6.02 effort and picked up the silver medal.

Brazil’s Thiago Braz, who received the title at his dwelling Olympics in Rio de Janeiro 5 years in the past, took bronze together with his effort of 5.87.

It was a tough evening for Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist and silver winner in Rio.

Lavillenie sprained his ankle two weeks in the past and had a tough time within the qualifying, failing in his first two makes an attempt to clear 5.50m earlier than regrouping to undergo.

It didn’t get any higher for him within the ultimate, although, as he visibly struggled with the damage and will full solely one in all his makes an attempt at 5.70 to complete in eighth place.

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