Amazing Snap Shot Angle Shows Pole Vaulter Could Have Easily Broken The World Record
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Armand Duplantis fended off the rest of the competition to successfully clinch gold in the men's pole vault event in Tokyo.
American star Chris Nilsen did really well to take the US-born Swede into deep waters, but Duplantis was just too good on the night and ended up registering an impressive height of 6.02 metres to bring the curtain down.
But the show was far from over.
Almost there for armand duplantis on first attempt for 6.19m pic.twitter.com/u03OkshkQm
- sf. ' go go :flag_my: ! (@sweefangg) August 3, 2021
Despite already wrapping up the gold, Duplantis wanted to go one step further and decided to try and beat his own world record with a shot at 6.19 metres.
With the other competitors watching from the field, the super Swede came agonisingly close with two brilliant efforts but was unable to come down without brushing the bar.
But by the looks of things, an earlier attempt during the 6.02 metre run shows that he would have easily cleared his own world record.
In the spectacular freeze frame, Duplantis got a huge amount of air on one jump and the distance between himself and the red bar looked vast.
Whether or not a similar jump would have actually broken his record will remain unknown, although it certainly looks like it would have done the trick.
Who says humans can't fly? :hushed:
Armand Duplantis #SWE cleared every height up to 6.02m on his first attempt to win the Olympic pole vault title!#athletics #tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/dROuSoNGcA
- European Athletics (@EuroAthletics) August 3, 2021
How DAAAAAMN did he jump over the mark??#Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/1txbEHovL6
- Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) August 3, 2021
Swede Pole Vaulter and favorite Armand Duplantis just showing off at his first attempt at 5.55 meters (18'3"). Look at the distance b/w him and the bar! #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/5KlUmIbt6l
- Patrick Alog (@PatrickAlog) August 3, 2021
He came to Tokyo to win a gold medal, but the 21-year-old probably knows - in his heart of hearts - that setting a new world record was definitely doable too.
"It's a surreal feeling, really, I still don't know how to explain it," Duplantis said after the event.
"It's something I've wanted for so long and now that it's finally here, and I finally did it, it's so crazy.
"Ever since I was a little kid I have loved this sport so much and I have always believed that it would take me to some great places, and the fact that I'm actually here, I'm at the Olympics and being able to win it is fantastic."