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Event by Event Preview for the Silesia Diamond League – Memorial Kamila Skolimowska

Event by Event Preview for the Silesia Diamond League - Memorial Kamila Skolimowska

The Wanda Diamond League will resume on 6 August at the Memorial Kamila Skolimowska at the Silesian Stadium in Chorzow. Organisers have announced 19 world champions and 49 medallists from Eugene 2022. 

The list of recently crowned world champions in Eugene 2022 features Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, Shericka Jackson, Armand Duplantis, Michael Norman, Shaunae Miller Uibo, Ryan Crouser, Alison Dos Santos and Pawel Fajdek. 

Men’s pole vault: 

Armand Mondo Duplantis won his first world outdoor title in Eugene breaking the world record with 6.21m. Duplantis has already qualified for the Wanda Diamond League final in Zurich after a very successful season, in which he has won four competitions in Doha (6.02m), Eugene (5.91m), Oslo (6.02m) and Stockolm (6.16m). In his career Duplantis has won 17 Diamond League competitions, including the Zurich final with 6.06m last year. 

The 22-year-old Swedish star has cleared the 6.00 metres barrier 48 times in his career, overtaking Sergey Bubka, who vaulted this height 46 times over 13 seasons. The World Championships in Eugene was his 11th competition at 6 metres or higher for Duplantis in 2022. On Polish soil Duplantis set the first world record of his career in the World Indoor Tour meeting in Torun with 6.17m in February 2020 and won the European Indoor gold medal in the same venue last year with 6.05m. 

Armand Duplantis: “The beautiful thing about athletics, and especially pole vaulting, is there is always a little bit more that you can do. There is more that you can push to get those few extra centimetres out of yourself. I am enjoying everything right now: the process of travelling, of coming to competitions. I love being out here competing. If I wasn’t having such a good time with the process and striving to push the boundaries and see what I am capable of, then it would be different. As far as now, I am enjoying it. Motivation is the least of concerns. 

Duplantis will renew his rivalry against Christopher Nilsen, who won the world silver medal with 5.94m in Eugene, the Olympic silver in Tokyo with 5.97m and the world indoor bronze in Belgrade. Nilsen has always performed well on Polish soil clearing 5.92m at the Memorial Szewinska in 2021 and 5.86m in the past edition of the Memorial Skolimowska in Chorzow. 

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