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Pole vault king Duplantis misses new world record

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Birmingham (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Olympic pole vault champion Armand Duplantis narrowly failed in his bid to set a new world record at the Birmingham Grand Prix on Saturday.

The Swede had three attempts at 6.19m, a centimeter more than his own world record of 6.18m set in Glasgow two years ago.

Duplantis came closest with this third attempt, just skimming the bar, to his obvious frustration.

Duplantis had already won the competition by clearing 6.05m, far ahead of the Brazilian Thiago Braz, Olympic gold medalist in 2016, who had cleared 5.81m. Ben Broeders of Belgium finished third at 5.71m.

‘Mixed emotions’

After Braz failed three times at 5.91m, Duplantis raised the bar to 6.05m – a height he cleared on the third attempt.

He then increased the height to 6.19m to fail

“I have mixed emotions,” Duplantis said.

“6.05m is a good jump and a good result, but I really wanted that 6.19m.

“I have expectations of myself and I know there are good conditions inside for me to break the world record, I want it so badly,” added the 22-year-old.

Earlier, five-time Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah had won the women’s 60 meters.

The winner is smiling – Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah poses for a photo after winning the women’s 60m final at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday Adrien DENNISAFP

The Jamaican, who at the Tokyo Games last year retained her 100m and 200m titles, won in 7.08 seconds.

“It’s a good win and even though I wanted to go under seven seconds, I’m good,” said Thompson-Herah, who is due to compete in Torun, Poland on Tuesday.

“It’s part of my training process and I’m always thinking about the World Indoors (in Belgrade next month),” added the 29-year-old.

In the men’s 60m, Britain’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake failed to make the final, finishing seventh in his heat a day after news broke that he had been stripped of relay money 4x100m which he won in Tokyo due to teammate CJ Ujah failing drug test. .

Noah Lyles, the outdoor 200m world champion, led a clean sweep of the podium in the United States in the final.

Lyles won in 6.55 seconds, while second-placed Ronnie Baker clocked the same time. Elijah Hall finished third in 6.56 seconds.

Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Keely Hodgkinson set a new national record by winning the women’s 800m.

The 19-year-old, in her first race since September, finished out of the pack in one minute 57.20 seconds to beat Jemma Reekie’s British record of 1:57.91.

Her time was the fastest indoor 800m since the world record of 1:55.82 was set by Jolanda Ceplak at the European Indoor Championships in Vienna on March 3, 2002, the day Hodgkinson was born. .

“It’s a bit weird! said Hodgkinson.

“I want to rewrite the history books, but this world record is going to take time.