The affable Swede set a new world record of 6.22 metres indoors in Clermont-Ferrand in February

Pole vault star Armand Duplantis said on Monday he was competing with himself rather than the rest of the field as he relished his record start into the season.
Duplantis set a new world record of 6.22 metres indoors in Clermont-Ferrand in February before clearing the bar at a world-leading 6.11m outdoors this month.
“I’m in the place where I want to be and I’ve liked the start so far,” the reigning Olympic and world champion said ahead of today’s Golden Spike meet in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava.


“I’m in a good shape, I’m fast, I’m strong, I’m pretty much technically… where I want to be right now,” said Duplantis, who will seek to defend his world championship win in Budapest in August.

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