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Golden Teenager Duplantis Soars To -Metre Vault

Armand Duplantis, another of Scandinavia’s phenomenal young athletics talents, brought down the curtain on a breakthrough European Championships with a record-breaking triumph in one of the all-time great pole vault competitions. The U.S.-raised Swedish teenager became the youngest man ever to clear six metres as he set three world junior records, finishing with a remarkable new mark of 6.05 metres. On another splendid night of athletics, Dina Asher-Smith become only the third woman to win the European sprint treble as Britain’s men and women both roared to victory in the concluding 4x100m relays. The Olympic Stadium saluted Poland’s matchless 33-year-old hammer thrower Anita Wlodarczyk, who won her fourth successive title with a championship record of 78.94 metres, and 34-year-old Portuguese Nelson Evora, the triple jump winner almost 10 years to the week since he leapt to Olympic gold in Beijing. Yet it was the youthful mastery of Duplantis that caused most astonishment as, at 18 years and 275 days, he became the youngest man to win a field event in European Championships history.

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