Armand Duplantis (Lafayette, United States, 1999) lost. Less than a month ago, in Monaco, he lost. The greatest pole vaulter of all time lost a long time later. And? «My body did not react, I was tired. It was unfortunate. I lost order a bit and it took me a while to get it back. But I have done very good training since then and my confidence is in his place, “he comments to EL MUNDO by video call, while they take him by training car to his hotel in Budapest.
In the World Cup that starts tomorrow, he will once again be one of the stars, along with Noah Lyles, Yulimar Rojas, Faith Kipyegon, Jakob Ingebrigtsen o Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Despite the recent defeat, his pole vault title is taken for granted. The world record is something else. One more centimeter, he again seeks another centimeter. The ascent that began Sergei Bubka it continues in Duplantis’s legs and arms until the bar is set in the sky.