Armand Duplantis, another of Scandinavia’s extraordinary young athletics talents, brought down the curtain on a breakthrough European Championships with a record-breaking achievement in one of the all-time great pole vault competitions on Sunday.
The U.S.-raised Swedish teen became the youngest man ever to clear six meters as he set three world junior records, finishing with a remarkable new mark of 6.05 meters.
The youthful mastery of Duplantis caused the greatest surprise as, at 18 years and 275 days, he became the youngest man to win a field event in European Championships records.
It came only two days after the equally astounding Jakob Ingebrigtsen, of Norway, who took both the 1,500m and 5,000m, became the youngest men’s track champion in the Championships’ 84-year annals at 17.
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