SWEDISH pole vaulter Armand “Mondo” Duplantis was named the male athlete of the year, while Venezuelan triple jumper Yulimar Rojas won the women’s title at athletics’ annual awards ceremony on Saturday.
Duplantis, a world silver medalist in Doha last year, set a world record by clearing 6.17m in Torun, Poland, in February and then bettered that by one centimeter in Glasgow the same month.
He also produced the highest-ever outdoor pole vault jump when he cleared 6.15 meters to win gold at the Rome Diamond League meeting in September. The 21-year-old won all 16 of his meetings this year to register a perfect season.
“It was a really strange season, for me and everybody, but I was able to put it together and get some pretty good results,” said Duplantis, who is the youngest athlete to win the award.
“I just wanted to go out there and show the world what I was capable of and put my name out there with some big performances. I was able to do that and had some good heights, especially during the indoor season.”