Three medallists from the 2019 World Athletic Championships in Doha – Mondo Duplantis, Sam Kendricks, and Piotr Lisek will clash in the upcoming Müller Grand Prix Gateshead in UK on May 23.
At the Doha 2019, Sam Kendricks successfully defended the title he won in London in 2017 with Mondo Duplantis finishing runner-up and Piotr Lisek taking bronze.
But, the equation could tilt in favour of the 21yr old Duplantis going to the Wanda Diamond League having gone from strength to strength.
The three key pole vault architects have been speaking ahead of the fascinating clash at Gateshead International Stadium.
“I have great memories of vaulting in the UK.
“My first World Championships was in London four years ago and I set a world record of 6.18m in Glasgow just over a year ago.
“I’ve heard the women’s pole vault world record has been broken a few times in Gateshead over the years so if we get good conditions then hopefully we can clear some good heights. The support is always good at British meetings and it’s another important event on the road to Tokyo.”
“The United Kingdom loves athletics. When you get to jump for people who love the sport, you can feel it! It has been the site of some of my greatest achievements – the Anniversary Games, World Cup and World Championships have all been good to me with gold medals and I am happy to return.
“Mondo’s greatest achievements have also come in the same areas, with his keynote world record being just north in Glasgow indoors. We love to compete together and always bring the best from one another.
“He is extremely hard to beat these days, and I love the challenge of world champion jumping against the world record-holder!”
“I’ve competed in the UK a number of times – in London, Birmingham and Glasgow – and it’s always good support there from a knowledgeable crowd. I’m looking forward to competing in Gateshead on 23rd May in this important Olympic year. A strong line-up is being assembled but I’m ready for the challenge.”
“I’ve competed in the UK a number of times – in London, Birmingham and Glasgow – and it’s always good support there from a knowledgeable crowd.
“I’m looking forward to competing in Gateshead in this important Olympic year. A strong line-up is being assembled but I’m ready for the challenge.”