Swedish superstar stuns on the pole vault

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Sweden's Armand Duplantis has claimed the rod vault golden medal with a flawless show successful Tokyo.

But not simply contented with taking archetypal place, helium past gave those watching astir the satellite the thrill of seeing an effort connected his ain satellite record.

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Duplantis secured the golden medal erstwhile helium cleared 6.02m, edging him wide of American Chris Nilsen, who managed 5.97m.

Duplantis lone needed 5 vaults to assertion the title, clearing the barroom connected each 5 jumps, often with unthinkable ease. The 21-year-old past pushed the barroom up to a staggering 6.19m - 1 centimetre higher than the satellite grounds helium acceptable past twelvemonth successful Glasgow.

Armand Duplantis clears 5.92m successful the rod vault astatine the Tokyo Olympics. (Getty)

He astir cleared that people with some his archetypal and 3rd attempts, conscionable brushing the barroom with his chest, but yet had to settee for "only" a golden medal.

Defending champion, Brazil's Thiago Braz, took bronze with a vault of 5.87m.

It was a forgettable nighttime for Australia's Kurtis Marschall, who was the archetypal jumper eliminated aft helium failed to wide the opening tallness of 5.55m.

Marschall was 1 of the athletes caught up successful the COVID-19 scare conscionable earlier the commencement of the way and tract program, but helium refused to blasted his mediocre show connected the lead-up.

"I wasn't capable to deed my cues tonight," helium said.

"I though my prep was perfect, each of this different worldly that happened successful the inheritance was similar nothing.

"I was retired determination feeling awesome, I couldn't hold to get amongst it with the boys, but sometimes that's conscionable sport."

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