Duplantis must be feeling very lonely. The Swede, holder of the world record in pole vault with his 6.18m from Glasgow in February 2020, knew, before flying to Tokyo, that he would have affixed the favorite long shadow sign on the back. But knowing full well that the competition, lurking in the shadows, was only waiting for its downfall. Except that said competition was considerably reduced Thursday with the announcement of the package of the American Sam Kendricks. The two-time world champion tested positive for Covid-19 and was therefore placed in solitary confinement in a hotel in the city, as required by the protocol of the organizing committee. An absence that could have benefited the third candidate declared for gold on the perch, namely Renaud Lavillenie. Except that the French also have their share of worries ...
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Victim of a sprained left ankle on July 11 before taking part in the meeting in Sotteville-lès-Rouen, the Clermontois started a real time trial
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