Tokyo Olympics postpone a nuisance, says pole vaulter Armand Duplantis
STOCKHOLM: Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis described the postponement of the Tokyo Games like a bummer, having set his sights on gold after breaking the world record twice this year.
Duplantis, 20, who is currently at the home of her American father and Swedish mother in Lafayette, Louisiana, is trying to make the best of the situation after the Games were postponed to 2021.
It's a bummer, it's a bummer that I can't compete in the Olympics this year, but you have to understand the situation, understand that some things are a little bigger than sport, and I suppose we will have it next year, he told Reuters on a Skype call.
The Covid-19 pandemic has limited Duplantis' ability to train, forcing him to be creative.
I'm training in the backyard, we have a little hint here ... we're fixing it up a bit where maybe I can jump a little. Not too high, maybe just over sixty or so, but I have the club in my hands, I have a little bit of the feeling.
It is not what I expected to do at this time of year, but it is what the situation required.
Jumps of 4.60 meters are well below the 6.17m and 6.18m he cleared to break the world record twice in eight days in early February.
All thoughts on medals and new records, however, are now on hold and he had a message for his fellow athletes and fans.
Think of other people, not just yourself, not just what you want to do at that particular time, and everything should work, he said.