Apart from halting most sport, the lockdown so widely applied amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic has also changed it profoundly. Suddenly all sport is nostalgic.
World pole vault record holder Mondo Duplantis and London 2012 Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie finished dead level in today’s self-styled Ultimate Garden Clash as athletics found a novel way to break free of COVID-19 lockdown.
World record holder Armand Duplantis, Olympic gold medallist Renaud Lavillenie and two-time world champion Sam Kendricks are set to clash in a pole vault competition from their gardens.
For some time I’ve been wondering who Armand Duplantis – freshly established pole vault world record holder at the age of 20 - reminds me of. And it’s just occurred to me. Michael Owen. A young Michael Owen that is.
Eliud Kipchoge, who became the first man to run a marathon in under two hours last month, is among five finalists for the 2019 Male World Athlete of the Year award.
The United States won three out of four golds on day five of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships here as Sam Kendricks retained his men's pole vault title in dramatic fashion and Noah Lyles and Donavan Brazier, both 22, earned their first titles at 200 and 800 metres, respectively.