Gold: Armand Duplantis
The Bubka era is gone. Armand Duplantis had already set the pole vaulting World Record at the World Indoor Tour, by jumping 6.18 meters. Now we also has the highest ever outdoor pole vault jump, by beating the 6.14 mark that Sergey Bubka (UKR) jumped in 1994. Now the young Swede has also surpassed that mark by jumping 6.15 meters at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Rome. It is now the Duplantis era. Also impressive was Jacob Kiplimo (UGA), who beat Jakob Ingebrigtsen (NOR), in the 3,000 meter race, the fastest since 2007. He did 7:26.64.
Watch the jump (High Jump Damjan Šparovec)
Silver: Emma Bristow
Emma Bristow has not lost a single FIM Women’s Trial World Championship event since 2017 and won her seventh consecutive FIM Trial Women’s World Championship by taking both rounds at the Andorra TrialGP, the last of the season and extends her unbeaten record to 15 points-paying events (TrialGP). 15 year-old Naomi Monnier (FRA) won the Trial2 Women’s World Championship, while Adam Raga (ESP) and Toni Bou (ESP) split honors in the men’s TrialGP rounds.
Watch a film of the TrialGP Andorra (NA Films)
Bronze: Tadej Pogačar
(Slovenia, Road Cycling)
Tadej Pogačar made history by being the first rider to win the General Classification (yellow jersey), the Mountains Classification (polka dot jersey) and the Young Riders Classification (white jersey) at the Tour de France, although Eddy Merckx (BEL) would have achieved it in 1969 had the white jersey existed. He was also eight in the Points Classification and had won Stages 9 (by outsprinting Primož Roglič (SLO) and outgoing Champion Egan Bernal (COL)) and 14 in previous weeks. The most spectacular was the way this Rookie won the Tour: by demolishing on the Stage 20 Time Trial, a short 36.2 kilometer stage (the shortest, by far). It was in the last 4 kilometers of that stage that Roglič’s 57-second lead vanished to a 59 second deficit, which stood until the end. A thriller. Sam Bennett (IRL) took the final stage and the Mountains Classification.
Watch the Stage 20 Highlights (Eurosport)