Sweden's Armand Duplantis reacts as he meets fans after clearing six meters to win the men's pole vault final at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow 2020 athletics in Glasgow on February 15, 2020. - Sweden's Armand Duplantis set a world pole vault record of 6.18 metres at an indoor meeting in Glasgow on Saturday, adding one centimetre to the record he set in Poland. Duplantis, the 20-year-old who won silver at last year's world championships in Doha, cleared the bar with something to spare. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Armand Duplantis: The pole vault star who started at age 3
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If you can’t bring the pole vault to the stadium, bring it to the backyard?

In the absence of any high profile sporting events taking place around the globe due to coronavirus, three of the world’s most accomplished pole vaulters – Mondo Duplantis, Sam Kendricks and Renaud Lavillenie – competed against each other in the Ultimate Garden Clash on Sunday.

It was shown on world athletics’ Twitter, Facebook and YouTube channels.

Sweden’s Duplantis is the world-record holder, the USA’s Kendricks is a multiple world champion and France’s Lavillenie took gold at the 2012 Olympics.

They weren’t actually in the same location but rather took part from France, Mississippi and Louisiana. And without any officials to help out, it wasn’t the pole vaulter who cleared the top height who won but rather the one who cleared five meters the most in two halves of 15 minutes.

An official event it wasn’t, of course, and mostly light-hearted but Lavillenie – who suggested the idea – was ruled the winner.

Sam Kendricks (left), Mondo Duplantis and Renaud Lavillenie in Lausanne in 2017.

He and Duplantis finished with 36 clearances and only one miss apiece. But Lavillenie was judged to have gotten to 36 a few seconds earlier than Duplantis.

The suggestion was made to add an extra three minutes but a tired looking Lavillenie said he was “done.” Duplantis, 20, and 13 years younger than Lavillenie, wanted to continue.

“I am the first winner and Mondo the second winner,” Lavillenie joked.

Kendricks came a distant third on 26 clearances.

“Because it’s a unique style of competing, I think we will all be learning as we go,” Kendricks said beforehand. “No matter how precise and accurate we are, I think the challenge is we don’t know what it will take to win, so it will be hard to gauge our effort.”

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The Olympics and the crowded 2021 sporting calendar
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Like the other sports, track and field has been hit hard by the virus. Diamond League meetings have been canceled and the pinnacle for pole vaulters, the summer Olympics, has been postponed from this July and August to almost identical dates in Tokyo in 2021.