Mon, 26 Oct 2020

DOHA, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Sweden's world record holder Armand Duplantis continued his winning streak in the men's pole vault at the Diamond League meet in Doha on Friday.

The 20-year-old kept a clean sheet after clearing 5.82 meters. Reigning world champion Sam Kendricks of the United States and France's former world record holder Renaud Lavillenie needed their third attempts to leap off 5.82m.

The leading trio all chose to skip the height of 5.87m and the bar was then lift to 5.92m. After Lavillenie and Kendricks failed in all their three attempts, Duplantis, who also failed twice at 5.92m, had already secured his win and he went on to challenge 6.00m, but only saw his effort go in vain in the humid and hot weather conditions.

The top three finishers all achieved 5.82m but Kendricks and Lavillenie had to settle for the second and third places respectively on countbacks.

It is the 16th straight win for Duplantis, who set the world outdoor record of 6.15m in Rome last week and improved the world record to 6.18m on the World Indoor Tour in February.

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