Athletics enthusiasts witnessed a fierce competition between three of the “kings” of pole vaulting, but from inside the gardens of their homes, on Sunday, in light of the imposed closure due to the outbreak of the new Corona virus.
Swedish world record holder Armand Duplantes and former French Olympic champion Reno La Villene succeeded in jumping five meters 36 times in half an hour, while American world champion Sam Kendricks managed to do this in 26 times.
The competition in the event, which was broadcast live by World Athletics Federation on social media, was from the gardens of La Villigny in Clermont-Ferrand (France) winner of the 2012 London Olympics gold and the Rio 2016 silver, and Duplantes in Lafayette (Louisiana) who snatched the record The world is from Lavellini in particular (6,17 pm on February 8th, then improved by one centimeter a week later, and the Kendricks in Oxford (Mississippi, USA).
The 20-year-old, Duplantis, wanted 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.
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 as a result of the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Like most sporting events around the world, athletics competitions were stalled due to the Corona virus, 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 city It was not specified, Stockholm, Rome and Rabat, before Lausanne joined the list last Thursday.
The organizers of the “Oslo Bislett” meeting, scheduled for June 11, decided to host an alternative athletics competition under the Norwegian anti-Corona virus systems, at the original date of the Oslo meeting on June 11, and thus will not be included in the Diamond League calendar.
In light of the change in the calendar, the London meeting scheduled for the fourth of July became the new starting date for the Diamond League.