Doha (dpa) - pole vaulter Sam Kendricks has impressively defended his title at the World Athletics Championships in Doha. The 27-year-old American won the exciting competition at the Khalifa Stadium with 5.97 meters.

European champion Armand Duplantis from Sweden won the silver medal and thus his first World Championship medal. Pole Piotr Lisek finished third with 5.87 meters. The final of the best twelve was dominated by the high-class duel between US veteran Kendricks and the eight year younger Duplantis.

For the two German Stabartisten was at 5.70 meters end: This height was enough for the Leverkusen Bo Kanda Lita Baehre due to fewer failures even to a respectable fourth place. Former world champion Raphael Holzdeppe finished sixth with a time of 5,70 meters, three days after his 30th birthday. In qualifying, the veteran of LAZ Zweibrücken had nervously jumped even five centimeters higher. Holzdeppe rose to gold in Moscow in 2013, and in 2015 it was once again silver in Beijing.

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