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first defeat in 2022 for Duplantis in the pole vault in Brussels

The pole vaulting phenomenon Armand Duplantis had his first defeat in 2022, also the first for a year, at the Diamond League meeting in Brussels on Friday, failing three times at 5.91 m. Duplantis (22) had had a perfect year so far, with 17 victories in as many competitions, including 14 above six meters, three world records, plus world and European gold.

The beautiful Swedish mechanics suddenly stopped on Friday evening and “Mondo” peaked at 5.81 m, when the Filipino Ernest John Obiena crossed 5.91 m on his third and last try. Enough to relegate the Scandinavian pole vaulter to an unusual second place. This is his first defeat for a little over a year, after winning twenty competitions in a row. The latest dated back to August 26, 2021 in Lausanne (Switzerland). “Obviously I didn’t jump as I would have liked. I’m sure I could have jumped higher. I’m human and I make mistakes, I made some today, that’s for sure.conceded the Olympic and world champion. “I didn’t find the right rhythm on the runway. My head was elsewhere. It happens sometimes. It is not easy. You have to be in a precise angle and have speed to take off and I didn’t succeed today.he added before projecting himself towards his next meeting, in a week. “In Zurich, I will try to come back a little stronger. I want to end the year on a good note”he concluded.

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