Teenage Armand Duplantis Rises to Record Triumph in the Pole Vault - Athletics

Teenage Armand Duplantis Rises to Record Triumph in the Pole Vault - Athletics

BERLIN, Aug. 12 (Reuters) – Another Scandinavian athlete, Armand Duplantis, has made the breakthrough at a European championship that won Sunday in one of the largest pole vault competitions ever.

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The Swedish teenager, who grew up in the US, became the youngest man to clear six meters when he set three junior world records and finished with a notable new mark of 6.05 meters.

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In another glittering night of athletics, Dina Asher-Smith became the third woman to win the European sprint triple when the British men and women rode to victory in the final 4x100m squadrons.

The Olympic Stadium welcomed Poland's unparalleled 33-year-old hammer thrower Anita Wlodarczyk, who won her fourth consecutive title with a championship record of 78.94 meters, and 34-year-old Portuguese Nelson Evora, the three-time winner almost 10 years a week since joining Beijing jumped to Olympic gold.

However, it was the young mastery of Duplantis that astonished him when, at 18 years and 275 days, he became the youngest man to win a field race in the history of the European Championship.

It came only two days after the equally amazing Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway, who won both the 1,500m and the 5,000m, became the youngest men's title holder in the 84-year history of the World Cup at the age of 17.

The new pole vaulter champion, son of former US veteran Greg Duplantis and Swedish heptathlete Helena Hedlund, broke his records and increased his personal best by 12 centimeters, under the hardest pressure of one of the best jumping competitions ever.

The silver medalist, the Russian Timur Morgunov, who was admitted as an authorized neutral athlete, also joined the 6-meter club, while world record holder Renaud Lavillenie removed 5.95 m.

Dupantis, a phenomenon since he began vaulting in his garden in Louisiana at the age of four, cleared his world records of 5.95, 6.00 and 6.05 meters on his first try.

Even Sergey Bubka, the greatest jumper of all time, slipped six meters until he was 21, and only three jumpers are now taller than Duplantis, inside or out.

"6.05 is the leap of my life, it was such an unreal competition, I feel as if I was just dreaming, it was one of the most beautiful moments of my life and I will never forget it," said Dupantis, who has now broken 13 World Ranking successes ,

"But I would not have been able to do it without the two of them, that was the motivation, and every time I wanted to win, I had to sort it out."

When Dupantis cleared 6.05m, France's big 31-year-old triple champion and former Olympic champion Lavilleie almost hugged him, as if realizing that he was giving the teenager the baton of greatness.

Asher-Smith, who placed Britain in fourth place with a dazzling anchor leg, followed East Germans Petra Vogt (1969) and Katrin Krabbe (1990) as the only woman to reach the sprint high.

In another beautiful night for the UK, Laura Muir came home after just one and a half laps of the 1,500m final, stretching out and bracing herself on the home straight in 4: 02.32 to become the first wife of her to land to take the metric crown.

The saddest sight of the night was Kenyan-born Israeli Lonah Chemtai Salpeter, winner of the 10,000m that dropped off the track when he was in a duel with Dutchman Sifan Hassan at the 5,000m bell.

Saltpeter had sprinted to the line and thought she had won the silver, only to realize there was one more lap to go. Hassan posted a championship record 14: 46.12.

"When she stopped, I went," What is she doing? What should I do? "I heard the people screaming, it was crazy," Hassan said.

Britain and Poland each scored seven gold medals, but Germany collected the most medals, 19, led by Gesa-Felicitas Krause, who defended her sixth gold, her 3,000 meter obstacle course, on Sunday.

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