Mondo Duplantis, Sam Kendricks, Katerini Stefanidi expected to feature in pole vault contests in shopping center in September

Switzerland will feature pole vault contests in Lausanne’s downtown shopping area in September as live athletics makes its gradual return in the pandemic. Mondo Duplantis, Sam Kendricks, Katerini Stefanidi, and Sandi Morris are among those expected to compete.

The Associated Press June 16, 2020 19:44:02 IST
Mondo Duplantis, Sam Kendricks, Katerini Stefanidi expected to feature in pole vault contests in shopping center in September

Lausanne: Switzerland will feature pole vault contests in Lausanne’s downtown shopping area in September as live athletics makes its gradual return in the pandemic.

Mondo Duplantis Sam Kendricks Katerini Stefanidi expected to feature in pole vault contests in shopping center in September

Armand 'Mondo' Duplantis celebrates after setting a new world record (6.17m) in the men's pole vault final during the Orlen Copernicus Cup 2020 in Torun, Poland in February, 2020. AP Photo

The Athletissima meeting on the global Diamond League series will stage outdoor men’s and women’s events, organisers said on Tuesday.

Men’s world record holder Mondo Duplantis and women’s 2016 Olympic champion Katerini Stefanidi head lineups for the evening events on Sept. 2.

The top Americans, world champion Sam Kendricks and Olympic silver medallist Sandi Morris, are also slated to take part.

“These are the first official outdoor pole vault competitions at the highest level to be officially confirmed worldwide till now,” organisers said in a statement.

The athletes have been promised appearance fees plus 54,000 Swiss francs ($57,000) in prize money to compete on separate and parallel tracks, with the men and women taking turns to compete.

Switzerland currently limits gatherings to 1,000 people, though organisers said the venue capacity “could be increased to 5,000” if federal restrictions are eased.

Pole vault led international athletics out of the sports shutdown with “Ultimate Garden Clash” competitions staged remotely last month.

The Athletissima was originally scheduled for 20 August.

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