Sweden’s pole vault world record holder Armand “Mondo” Duplantis He says he loves life and is looking for the “perfect” jump.
As the American-born Olympic champion prepared for action at a meeting in Lievin in northern France on Wednesday, he said he was still carrying himself, when he receiving the World Sportsman of the Year award in 2022 after winning the world championship in a new sport. world record of 6.21m.
“I really enjoy what I’m doing. I really enjoy everything about it, the whole process. This whole thing is really fun. Doing this whole thing is a dream, ” said Duplantis.
“I have a lot to prove. I don’t think I have a lot to prove to anyone, I just have to prove a little bit to myself.”
Duplantis cleared 6.06m in Berlin last weekend but failed in three attempts to set a new world record of 6.22m.
It proves once again that he reinterprets this special event.
At the age of 23, he has surpassed the achievements of Sergey Bubka, the Ukrainian who dominated the game for more than a decade and now fills a role senior in World Athletics sport.
Although Duplantis said that Bubka “probably has a better job than me, right now”.
“But I think if we go head to head, I think I’ll beat him more times than he beats me!”
The Swede spends his waking hours plotting how to achieve the “perfect jump” that will push his record to a level that future generations will struggle to match. adapt.
“Who knows (when it will come)?” he said. “I didn’t think I did it, I think I came close, I just had to be very consistent with my running and pushing.
“There is a lot of room for improvement in a few areas of the jump, hopefully this is just the beginning of a long career that I will have, so I think I will push some high bars in the next few years. “
For now he’s just enjoying the buzz of Lievin’s environment, with big challenges ahead — like the outdoor world championships in Budapest in August that he’ll attempt. who will defend his world championship.
“I like the track here, I like the feeling I get here, and I know it’s a place where you can jump high,” he said.
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