Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis has broken one of the most outstanding records in the history of athletics.
At the competitions in Rome, he conquered the bar set at a height of 6.15 meters, exceeding the achievement of the Ukrainian Serhiy Bubka, set in 1994.
The 20-year-old athlete has become the absolute world record holder, whose results are the best both in open stadiums and indoors.
Duplantis showed such an outstanding result at the stage of the "Diamond League" in the capital of Italy.
The competitions themselves were not very spectacular.
The Swede became the winner after taking the 5.85 meter height.
None of the other participants managed to fly so high.
Including the main rival, Frenchman Renault Lavilleni, who finished the fight at around 5.70.
Having won this year for the 15th consecutive victory in various tournaments, Duplantis remained in the sector and ordered a height of 6 meters.
The Swedish prodigy managed to take it on the first try, and then he decided to challenge Bubka's great achievement - the Ukrainian's jump to a height of 6.14 meters for 26 years remained the best result in open stadiums.
Never in the history of pole vaulting has the highest achievement been held for so long.
It should be noted that formally Duplantis did not storm the world record.
It already belongs to the Swede since February of this year.
At the competition in Torun, he conquered the height of 6.17 meters, and a week later he improved his record by one centimeter at the tournament in Glasgow.
However, both times Duplantis performed indoors.
The World Athletics Federation, although it registers individual records for the halls, also recognizes them as absolute if they are better than those set in the open air.
It is much easier for pole vaulters to perform in an indoor stadium so that their results cannot be affected by the weather.
The fans always had a reason to consider Bubka to be the true record holder, since he performed in much tougher conditions.
But now this mess of achievement is over.
In Rome, Duplantis ordered a height of 6.15 meters, which he had previously tried to conquer 13 times.
The first attempt failed - the athlete had already flown over the bar, but touched it with his chest.
Before the second jump, the Swede asked Lavilleni for advice, who also broke Bubka's indoor record back in 2014.
The Frenchman offered to push off with the pole even harder, and it helped.
Duplantis jumped the bar with a decent margin.
“I fell on the mat, but I haven't returned to the ground yet.
It seems that I am still in the clouds.
It is a feeling when you feel yourself a little in a dream.
It's unreal, I had that super crazy feeling when everything is perfect and you show great results.
I just wanted to be at the top of the list of the best.
6.15 meters was a really important mark for me, so I'm glad I conquered it.
There used to be some confusion between outdoor and indoor records, but now it's gone.
I already had a world record, but I wanted to clarify everything and become the best in the open air, ”said Duplantis after his jump.
Bubka himself was one of the first to pay tribute to the Swede.
He wished Duplantis not to be satisfied with what has been achieved and to continue the pursuit of new results.
“Congratulations to Duplantis for breaking my record!
I am glad for him and his parents, they are wonderful people.
And I'm glad for track and field athletics and sports in general, because we have such a bright star for many years to come.
I wish you all the best and the conquest of new heights! "
- wrote Bubka on Twitter.
Interestingly, Duplantis exceeded Bubka's achievement at 20 years old - at the same age, the Ukrainian himself set his first record.
In doing so, both were able to rewrite history before their debut at the Olympics.
The Soviet athlete was unable to travel to Los Angeles in 1984 due to a boycott, and the coronavirus pandemic prevented Duplantis from making his debut in Tokyo 2020.
The success of the Swedish jumper was another confirmation that athletics in general was able to endure the forced downtime due to quarantine without great losses.
Several world records have been broken since the competition resumed.
In August, Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei surpassed another landmark achievement of Kenenisa Bekele in the 5,000 meter race, running the distance in 12: 35.36.
Briton Mo Fara managed to become the best in the hour running, breaking 21 330 meters.
In a similar discipline among women, the Dutchwoman Sifan Hasan became the best with a result of 18 930 meters.
Finally, on September 5, Kenyan Perez Dzhepchirchir broke the record in the half marathon - 1:05:34.