Meeting de Paris: winning coaching for pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis

It is almost 6 pm this Saturday on the track of the Charléty stadium. Sitting a few meters from the pole vault: Armand Duplantis. In front of him: Renaud Lavillenie. The two men are not yet in competition to tackle this bar at 6.19 m, synonymous with a world record. The French, barely recovered from his summer injuries, has indeed failed three times at 5.45 m. His role ? Coach of “Mondo”.

Orphan during the Paris Meeting, his father, who is also his trainer, not having made the trip, the Swede has indeed entrusted this mission to Renaud Lavillenie. “After his failure at the start of the competition, I told him: It would be an honor if you could coach me until the end, he said afterwards. He replied that I could obviously count on him and he gave me advice before and after each jump ”.

A session for the least effective since the Swede managed an almost perfect competition. Entered into contention easily at 5.55 m, he then crossed 5.73 m then 5.81 m on his first attempt. After a failure at 5.91 m, the world record holder quickly recovered, erasing, again on his first attempt, 5.96 m then 6.01 m.

“I know his way of jumping well”

Victory and record of the meeting in his pocket, Mondo, as in Tokyo, then attacked 6.19 m. If he did not manage to improve his own world record, established in February 2020 indoors in Torun (Poland), the pole vaulter proves once again that he is indeed the undisputed leader of the discipline and continues to trivialize his regularity beyond six meters, at 21 years old. In Paris, Duplantis signed his tenth competition of the year above this height. “I was surely a little closer to breaking the record in Tokyo, it was the Games. But it was great to have the support of the public here, it gave me a lot of energy, ”he appreciated at the end of the competition, happy to have taken his revenge after a disappointing performance in Lausanne this Thursday (5.62 m).

“By following him since the start of the competition, it allowed me to build the competition a bit, to have the benchmarks from start to finish. I know his way of jumping well. He had to be given confidence in his choices. His last jump is not bad, there is no big mistake ”, analyzed Renaud Lavillenie for his part. Not unhappy to have been able to support a friend, the Clermontois was nonetheless disappointed with his performance, he who was impatiently waiting to be able to find his audience to perform. But his lack of intense training since his injury at the Sotteville meeting in early July has been felt.

“There is a lot of frustration because I felt better today, he regretted (…). In view of my warm-up, I could legitimately envision 5.55 m today, or even 5.65 m, to then attempt 5.70 m. Which is not incredible but which would have at least allowed me to see an evolution in the performances. There I find it difficult to let go of my support and that penalizes me a lot. »Reassured about the state of his ankle, Renaud Lavillenie will have the opportunity to relaunch himself during the Diamond League stage in Brussels on September 3. There he will meet his pupil of the day, Armand Duplantis.

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