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Record watch on? Duplantis looks destined to defend his European title in Munich – European Athletics

Having edged ahead of Sergey Bubka with the highest number of 6.00m-plus pole vault clearances, Armand Duplantis can go one better than the great Ukrainian by retaining his first major senior title at the Munich 2022 European Athletics Championships, part of the wider multisport European Championships from 11-21 August.

For all of his trailblazing achievements, Bubka only ever gained one European outdoor crown, in Stuttgart in 1986 (although Bubka admittedly had fewer opportunities with the European Championships taking place every four years in his day) and Duplantis has the chance to gain his second in the Munich Olympic Stadium at the age of 22.

It was at the last European Athletics Championships in Berlin in 2018 that the American-born Swede announced his arrival on the senior scene, triumphing with a first-time championship record and world U20 record 6.05m clearance at the age of 18 to become the youngest member of the 6.00m club.

Four years on, Duplantis has won every title available to him – Olympic, world outdoor and indoor, European outdoor and indoor – and has advanced the world record from 6.16m to 6.21m, the latest clearance coming at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon where Duplantis completed the full set.

Bubka, who raised the global bar from 5.83m to 6.14m, was the first vaulter to breach the 6.00m-barrier and proceeded to notch 46 clearances in total at that height or above.

Duplantis took his tally to 49 with his 6.21m world record clearance in Oregon last month before adding two more for posterity at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial in Silesia last Saturday (6), passing the half-century mark with a total that now stands at 51.

Unbeaten in 18 competitions indoors and outdoors and with the six best vaults outdoors to his name this summer, Duplantis will start as the clearest favourite in any event at Munich 2022.

Not that there will be any shortage of vaulters vying for a medal, and ready to take advantage of an exceedingly unlikely slip-up on Duplantis’ part.

Renaud Lavillenie, the previous world record-holder and three-time European champion, was back in form and in the hunt for a medal at the World Athletics Championships, the ultra-competitive Frenchman finishing just shy of the podium in joint fifth-place with Germany’s Oleg Zernikel.

Lavillenie and Zernikel both cleared 5.87m in the Oregon final, as did Zernikel’s German teammate Bo Kanda Lita Baehre, the 2019 European U23 champion, who placed seventh.

The other five Europeans who made the World Athletics Championships final will all be in Munich: Turkey’s Ersu Sasma, Norwegian youngsters Pal Lillefosse and Sondre Guttormsen, Belgian Ben Broeders and Menno Vloon of the Netherlands.

Also on the entry list is Poland’s Piotr Lisek, who boasts five world indoor and outdoors medals. The 29-year-old sadly didn’t make it beyond the qualifying round in Oregon having amassed an incredible 14 successive top six finishes in major events between 2014 and 2021 but Munich offers another opportunity for Lisek to reach yet another final and possibly another medal.

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Unlike Duplantis, Greek long jumper Miltiadis Tentoglou was unable to complete a full set of major championship gold medals in Oregon.

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Having edged ahead of Sergey Bubka with the highest number of 6.00m-plus pole vault clearances, Armand Duplantis can go one better than the great Ukrainian by retaining his first major senior title at the Munich 2022 European Athletics Championships, part of the wider multisport European Championships from 11-21 August.

For all of his trailblazing achievements, Bubka only ever gained one European outdoor crown, in Stuttgart in 1986 (although Bubka admittedly had fewer opportunities with the European Championships taking place every four years in his day) and Duplantis has the chance to gain his second in the Munich Olympic Stadium at the age of 22.

It was at the last European …….

Having edged ahead of Sergey Bubka with the highest number of 6.00m-plus pole vault clearances, Armand Duplantis can go one better than the great Ukrainian by retaining his first major senior title at the Munich 2022 European Athletics Championships, part of the wider multisport European Championships from 11-21 August.

For all of his trailblazing achievements, Bubka only ever gained one European outdoor crown, in Stuttgart in 1986 (although Bubka admittedly had fewer opportunities with the European Championships taking place every four years in his day) and Duplantis has the chance to gain his second in the Munich Olympic Stadium at the age of 22.

It was at the last European …….

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