For Swedish pole vaulter Armand “Mondo” Duplantis, the only goal when he steps up to jump at his first Olympic Games in Tokyo is winning the gold medal.

The 21-year old Duplantis, a world silver medallist, already holds the world record after he cleared 6.17 metres at a World Athletics Indoor Tour meet in Torun, Poland, in February of 2020 and improved on it by one centimetre in Glasgow the same month.

He also boasts the highest outdoor pole vault when he soared 6.15m to win gold at the Rome Diamond League meeting in September last year.

At the Tokyo Olympics, due to start next Friday, Duplantis told reporters this week it was all about gold for him.

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“Winning is the only goal,” he said. “In a dream of course world I’d like to go and break the world record and do something very…

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