Louisiana Vaulter Ties for Gold in the ‘Ultimate Garden Clash’
Mondo Duplantis is a world-record holding, gold-medal winning pole vaulter that represents Sweden in world-class competitions around the globe - but don't let that fool you. This jet-setting athlete is from, and currently lives in Lafayette, Louisiana. In fact, Mondo was at his house this weekend when he tied for gold against another pole vaulter in France.
Obviously, the world isn't currently ready to host an international track and field meet just yet. There's no safe way to bring athletes and spectators together during the Coronavirus pandemic, but sports (just like the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park) found a way. The idea is the brainchild of French vaulter (and Duplantis' arch rival) Renaud Lavillenie, and it's basically like working from home for Olympians. Lavillenie competed from his farm in Clermont-Ferrand, France. American Sam Kendricks took the bronze after his performance streamed live from Oxford, Mississippi.
Each competitor set up a vaulting area near their homes and, one at a time, streamed their vaults for everyone to see. KTBS is reporting that Duplantis and Lavillenie tied for gold during the unofficial but highly entertaining competition. As it stands now, we will have to wait until the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic games (set for 2021) to see this rivalry settled.