Duplantis, Lavillenie split gold in backyard pole-vaulting
May 3, 2020
French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie hardly treated this like a garden-variety competition.
It was for backyard bragging rights. So he raised his intensity.
Lavillenie and Mondo Duplantis of Sweden shared the gold medal Sunday during a men's pole vault competition held in their own yards. Advertised as the "Ultimate Garden Clash," it was a rare sporting event contested during the coronavirus pandemic.
Duplantis, a world record-holder, and Lavillenie, the 2012 Olympic champion, each cleared a height of 16 feet (4.9 meters) 36 times over a span of 30 minutes that was broadcast by World Athle...