Born in the United States and living to his age, Armand Duplantis, 20, has moved to Uppsala, Sweden, just before the start of his race season. Duplantis today gave interviews to the media after his morning practice at the Uppsala sports field, and commented to Expressen on his mother’s speeches and his Swedish language studies.
- There have been more nasty speeches than I expected. Armand has heard that he is not Swedish enough, Helena, the pole vaulter's mother, commented to Sveriges Radio earlier in the spring.
Throughout Corona, Armand Duplantis has studied Swedish through Skype twice a week in his hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana.
“Personally, I don’t care about people talking so much, but my mom doesn’t want me to be talked about rubbish,” Duplantis says in Expressen.
Armand Duplantis, 20, made a pole vault ME result of 618 in Glasgow, Scotland in February.
Photo: Pascal Rossignol / Reuters
The Swedish ME man lives and trains for at least the summer in Uppsala, from where he travels on race trips. The first rehearsal is due as early as Thursday in Oslo.
- I have not been able to train properly a couple of months, so I may not be a world record fine, but I'm healthy and I feel fast, Duplantis open race fitness.
After Thursday’s Oslo Impossible Games, only two domestic races have been entered on Doublantis ’calendar, the Karlstad GP in July and the Stockholm Diamond League race in August.