Eugene, Oregon: Armand “Mondo” Duplantis wrapped up the World Athletics Championships in Eugene on Sunday, setting a new world record in the pole vault with the final act of a 10-day track and field bonanza.
The gripping finale couldn’t have been a better script for the first World Championships to be held on American soil – apart from the fact that Duplantis, born and raised in America, wore Swedish yellow and blue and did not represent the Stars. Was doing. stripes.
As the fiery hulaboo of the frenzied 4x400m relay won by American men and women died, all eyes were on Duplantis.
And the 22-year-old Swede did not disappoint, sailing smoothly over 6.21m the second time he asked.
The packed, raucous crowd at Hayward Field went wild as Duplantis ran to see his father and coach Greg and to plant a sneezed kiss on the lips of girlfriend Desire Englander.
“It’s so good, I can’t complain!” said Duplantis, whose new score was 1cm better than his previous best set when he won gold at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade in March.
It was his fifth world record, and third this year.
“Actually, I didn’t think so much about today’s record,” he said.
“Usually, it is always somewhere in my mind but today, I was really focused on winning and I really wanted to win gold so badly. It was the medal I was missing.
“So when I was at this height, it was like everything came together and it happened from there.”
Unhandled Nigerian Toby Amusan had earlier stole the show by scoring two electric runs en route to gold in the 100m hurdles.
In the first event of the track’s packed evening, the guys didn’t have a chance to sit down with their soda and popcorn, before Amuson rocketed to a new world record of 12.12 seconds in the semifinals.
When she got back on the track later in the session, the Nigerian won in 12.06 seconds, although a tailwind speed of 2.5 meters per second meant it would not go down in the fresh-ink record books.
“The goal was to come out and win this gold. I just did it,” said Amuson, who finished ahead of Jamaica’s Brittany Anderson and Olympic champion Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn.
“I believe in my abilities but I wasn’t expecting a world record at these championships.”
American Athing Mu lived up to his hype by adding the world 800m title to his Olympic crown.
Mu, still only 20 years old, was forced to dig deep to capture British rival Keeley Hodgkinson in a thrilling fight straight into the final before taking the gold in a world-leading 1 minute 56.30 seconds.
“I’m glad I made the line to finish the race, and thankfully I won the gold medal. I wasn’t physically where I want to be,” Mu said.
Another gold medalist from last year’s Tokyo Olympics, Malaika Mihambo won Germany the long-awaited medal as she retained her world long jump title.
But Uganda’s Joshua Chepteggi won the 5000m race over Norway’s Jacob Ingebrigtsen, who came back from a disappointment of silver in the 1500m.
“I didn’t want to finish a sprint,” Ingebrigtsen said. “I wanted to prove that I was a better runner than the rest.
“It was a great race. I ran it, I needed it. I felt great today, but 5km is really tough.”
In absence due to injury to Olympic champion Damien Warner of Canada, France’s Kevin Meyer seized the moment to claim a second world decathlon gold.
Meyer scored 8,816 points after 10 disciplines over two days to follow up on the previous world gold in London in 2017.
Consolidating their place in the medal tally with a world championships record of 33 (13 gold, nine silver, 11 bronze), the US claimed an emphatic victory in the 4x400m relay final, much to the delight of the partisan crowd.
Strength in the depths set a record-breaking 400m hurdles gold medalist Sydney McLaughlin anchored the women’s and individual 400m winner Michael Norman put up a leg for the men’s quartet.
The women’s win meant the now-retired Alison Felix won her 20th world medal as she was a member of a squad that ran in Saturday’s heats.