“Kings” pole vault competing from the gardens of their homes


The fans of the # strongest games were on a Sunday date with a thrilling competition between three “kings” of pole vaulting, but from inside their home gardens in light of the imposed closure due to the outbreak of the # Corona virus.

Swedish world record holder Armand Duplantes and former French Olympic champion Reno Lavelny managed to jump five meters 36 times in half an hour, while American world champion Sam Kendricks managed to do this on 26 occasions.

The competition in the event, which the World Athletics Federation (World Athletics) broadcast live on social media, was from the gardens of La Villeneuve in Clermont-Ferrand (France), Doublantes in Lafayette (Louisiana, USA), and Kendricks in Oxford (Mississippi, USA).

The 20-year-old wanted Douplantes three more minutes to be able to determine the winner, but 33-year-old Lavellini said he was “finished” and could no longer continue the competition for much longer.

“I really missed the feeling of competition. It is unbelievable, because doing this in my garden gave me the same feeling of competition in a major tournament. It was enthusiastic and I am happy that I am part of it (the challenge),” said La Villeneuet, winner of the 2012 London Olympics gold and Rio 2016 silver.

“I will not do this every week, but I will be happy if I do it once a year,” he said.

As for Duplantes, who snatched the world record from Laughlin himself (6,17 m last February 8 and then improved it by one centimeter a week later), he revealed that “I really enjoyed competing against these two young men. I really lacked competition.”

The IAAF indicated that it looked forward to more similar challenges “in the parks” in the next few weeks, at a time when most of the world is still in a state of closure due to the outbreak of the “Covid-19” virus.

“It is a wonderful, very interesting and really innovative initiative,” said British International Federation chief Sebastian Coe.

Like most sporting events around the world, athletics competitions were interrupted because of “Covid-19”, especially the Diamond League that was supposed to start on April 17 from Doha, but this pandemic caused chaos in the calendar and led to the postponement of the stages of Qatar, Shanghai, China in another unspecified city, Stockholm, Rome and Rabat, before Lausanne joined the list last Thursday.

The organizers of the Oslo-Bisslett meeting, scheduled for June 11, decided to host an alternative athletics competition under the Norwegian regimes to combat the Corona virus, on the original date of the meeting, and therefore it will not be included in the Diamond League calendar.

In light of the amendment that took place on the calendar, the London meeting scheduled for the fourth of July became the new starting date for the Diamond League.

The “Covid-19” virus has caused more than 247 thousand deaths so far worldwide, and has frozen the vast majority of sports activities and postponed many major events, notably the Tokyo Olympics, which became in the summer of 2021 instead of next summer, similar to the European Cup and the Copa America. for football.

Duplantes would have been the favorite to succeed Brazilian Thiago Braz in the Olympic gold this summer if the Corona virus did not delay the Tokyo Olympics for a year.

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