You can say a lot about Armand Duplantis, but the 22-year-old Swede can jump high – and stay focused.
He proved this with all the desired clarity on Sunday, when, as expected, he sovereignly became indoor world champion in pole vault at the World Championships in Belgrade.
The world record holder broke his own two-week-old world record when he crossed an impressive 6.20 meters.
A unique achievement when, as the last man, he actually had to interrupt the competition after the Serbian organizers could not get the electrical device that places the crossbar at the right height to work. A recurring problem throughout the competition.
Therefore, the 4×400 meter relay final had to be settled first so that the schedule did not slip completely, and only then could Duplantis try his hand at the world record high. The young Swede acknowledged by keeping his head cool and came over in the third attempt.
The problems with the height adjustment meant that the competition dragged on for almost three and a half hours – and that even though Duplantis with a few funds actually became a sovereign world champion.
He chose along the way to stand over at every other height, and when he was finally in action, he managed in the first attempt. At a height of 6.05 meters, Brazilian Thiago Braz was the last man to give up, and before that at 5.95 meters, American Chris Nilsen had torn down and secured the bronze.
Then Duplantis ordered the cross rib up to 6.20 and could thus after a long break set his fourth world record and thus add the title as world champion to the one as Olympic champion from this summer.