Baton Rouge, La. – Mondo Duplantis was named the winner of the 2020 World Athletics Male Athlete of the 12 months award on Saturday morning. The digital ceremony introduced a plethora of awards in what was a celebration of the game of monitor and area.
Mondo received the award over Joshua Cheptegei (Uganda), Ryan Crouser (USA), Johannes Vetter (Germany), and Karsten Warholm (Norway). Duplantis, who’s 21 years previous, turns into the youngest winner of this award.
“I simply actually needed to go on the market and present the world who I used to be,” Duplantis mentioned on his mindset coming into the season that was speculated to be an Olympic yr. “It was a wierd season for everyone however I used to be capable of keep it up and put collectively some fairly spectacular outcomes.”
“I simply attempt to go on the market and soar excessive and break world information. Simply going to maintain giving it my all and no matter occurs, occurs. I am so grateful for my assist group that I’ve round me and I would not be right here with out them.”
It was a breakout yr for Mondo in 2020 the place he went an unblemished 16-Zero in competitions and broke each the world indoor and out of doors information within the pole vault. He broke the world indoor document for the primary time on with a 6.17-meter clearance on February eight in Torun, Poland, on the Orlen Copernicus Cup. It broke Renaud Lavilennie’s earlier world document of 6.16 meters that was set in 2014.
It was solely every week later and he re-upped his world document by a centimeter with a clearance of 6.18 meters on February 15 on the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow. The indoor season noticed him compete 5 instances and at every occasion he cleared six meters or larger.
Following a 3 and a half month hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mondo returned to pole vaulting outdoor on June 11 on the Unimaginable Video games in Oslo, Norway. It wasn’t till August 14, his fourth meet outdoor in 2020, that he cleared the 6.00 meter barrier once more. He went on to clear six meters three extra instances earlier than he turned the best vaulter ever outdoor on September 17. He went up and over 6.15 meters on the Golden Gala Peitro Mennea assembly in Italy to interrupt Surgey Bubka’s earlier out of doors world document of 6.14 meters that dated all the way in which again to 1994.
Duplantis cleared 6.00 meters 14 instances throughout his 2020 marketing campaign in what is an indication to return because the younger skilled’s profession is simply getting began. He’ll enter 2021 because the Olympic favourite within the pole vault – he’ll symbolize Sweden on the Tokyo Olympics.
It was a grand day for the Duplantis household as a complete. Mondo’s mother, Helena, and Mondo’s father, Greg, got the Teaching Achievement Award. Helena and Greg function Mondo’s coaches and coaching advisors. Mondo additionally was a part of an award that was received by Renaud Lavillenie – the COVID Inspiration award. Within the early phases of COVID-19 lockdowns, Lavillenie got here up with the idea of the ‘Final Backyard Conflict’. It was occasion that three pole vaulters – Lavillenie, Mondo, and Sam Kendricks – competed in remotely from their backyards. Mondo did so from his yard in Lafayette, La.