There is no ambiguity about the biggest sensation of the ongoing athletics hall. Swedish Armand Duplantis has twice improved the pole vault record in the world record early this year.
He jumped 617 at the beginning of February in Poland and last weekend at Glasgow an extra cent.
Above all, the Swedish world record crossings have been astonishingly airy - there seems to be up to tens of centimeters of space between Duplantis and the bar. He also ended Saturday's race just after his record jump.
Athletics fans have been wondering why the Swedes don't seem to have pushed their absolute limits yet.
Tommy Åström, an expert interviewed by Expressen, says he understands Duplantis' solution. The reasons behind this are logical.
- I think it's about money and he doesn't want to destroy the excitement. Athletics is not just hockey or football, where players get a regular monthly salary. Many athletes find it difficult to make enough money and not nearly earn as much as many young superstars in ball games, he said in an interview.
Duplantis broke the world record in Glasgow again - the next magic number would be 619.
Photo: Andy Buchanan / AFP / Magazine photo
According to reports, Duplantis neted around € 50,000 from its latest World Record from the International Athletics Association and € 30,000 from Glasgow.
Adding his personal sponsor bonuses to the pot will bring the sum of one world record jump to over one hundred thousand euros.
The world record prize money for athletics is so great that Duplantis should not raise the bar too high at once.
It is to be expected that the Swedish sensation will continue to stave off record highs by one cent at a time, and will collect money from each of its new highs. Former men's world record holder Sergey Bubka has done so, and Jelana Isinbayeva, who has dominated the women's pole vault for years.
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Duplantis manager Daniel Wessfeldt did not express this directly. However, it is clear from the lines that Åström's assessment of the financial side of the matter may have been correct.
- He just decided not to continue the race. You don't want to put the bar so high that you lose motivation. If Duplantis was 31, he would probably have tried to jump as high as possible. However, the guy is only 20 and has a full season ahead, Wessfeldt recalled.
American father and Swedish mother Vesa won the European Championship last summer and finished silver in the Doha World Cup after Sam Kendricks. The record for Duplantis Outer Tracks is 605 in the European Championship.