Athletics-Just after eclipsing ‘mythological’ Bubka, Duplantis eyes Tokyo gold

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FILE Photo: Athletics – Diamond League – Doha – Qatar Sporting activities Club Stadium, Doha, Qatar – September 25, 2020 Sweden’s Armand Duplantis celebrates successful the men’s pole vault REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari

(Reuters) – Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis explained his want to better Sergey Bubka’s out of doors mark saved him enthusiastic in the 2020 year and following clearing 6.15m to eclipse the Ukrainian fantastic in September the 21-yr-old is aiming to go bigger following 12 months.

Duplantis, a globe silver medallist in Doha last calendar year, established the planet file by clearing 6.17m indoors in Poland in February and bettered that by a centimetre in Glasgow the exact same month.

He then went higher than Bubka’s out of doors mark of 6.14m, set in 1994, to acquire gold at the Rome Diamond League assembly in September.

Earth Athletics has not distinguished involving indoor and outside data in pole vault considering the fact that 2000.

“That was the principal drive for the out of doors year at the end, to genuinely get the 6.15m and cement myself as the maximum-ever jumper outside,” said Duplantis, who received all 16 of his conferences this yr to sign up a excellent year.

“Growing up … you see Bubka as virtually this mythological creature. He was not genuine in the things that he was undertaking, they didn’t seem feasible. Any file the place you can knock him down a ranking is a very exclusive sensation.”

Duplantis, named male athlete of the yr previously this month, is now concentrating on gold at subsequent year’s Tokyo Olympics.

“I definitely assume I can bounce larger. There is generally space to improve. How substantial? I never know, but there’s a lot more to occur,” he claimed.

“Winning an Olympic gold is the dream. Ever due to the fact I was a child I wished to earn an Olympic gold, to be the ideal pole vaulter in the planet. That’s the huge target going into the future year.”

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru Enhancing by Peter Rutherford

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