Even the world's by far best pole vaulter can feel opposed.
In recent weeks, Armand Duplantis has been on a record hunt.
The goal is Sergei Bubka's 26-year-old international record from Sestriere.
Not far from the Italian alport, in Lausanne, Duplantis was close to the record.
Then the 20-year-old was forced to stop his hunt when the sun went down and no other light solution could be found.
"Like things are going against me"
Today it was instead the wind that made it for "Mondo".
In the same arena as he took a gasping European Championship gold two years earlier, the bar was requested to reach a record high of 6.15, but the headwind made it almost impossible to cope with the height.
- It feels a bit like things are going against me.
It feels like they do not want me to break the record.
Maybe it's fate, I know it just feels weird.
It is unfortunate, says "Mondo" to SVT Sport.
Otherwise, Duplantis felt in great shape before today's competitions in Berlin.
- I felt good when I jumped.
It feels like I'm in a nice little rhythm.
It was just unfortunate that I had the wind in the exact opposite direction from what I wanted, he says to SVT Sport.
Now only two more opportunities await Duplantis to succeed with the long-awaited record listing.
The Diamond League competitions in Rome (17/9) and Doha (25/9) are the last stop in the outdoor season for the 20-year-old.
- I will not worry about things I can not control such as the wind and the weather.
I'll just get ready as best I can.
I will be ready to do the best I can, it should be something good, says "Mondo".