4th February 2020
DUPLANTIS AND KENDRICKS HEAD UP MULLER INDOOR GRAND PRIX GLASGOW POLE VAULT FIELD
Swedish star and reigning European champion Mondo Duplantis will be joined by two-time world champion Sam Kendricks (USA) in heading up the men’s pole vault field at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow on Saturday 15 February at the Emirates Arena.
One of the brightest young stars in world athletics, and fresh from a near miss at the pole vault world record just yesterday evening in Dusseldorf, the now 20-year-old Duplantis won World Youth (U18) gold in 2015 at the age of just 15 before adding European and World titles at World Junior (U20) level in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
At senior athlete level, Duplantis backed up becoming the youngest world pole vault finalist for some 34 years at London 2017 by winning European gold courtesy of a stunning clearance at 6.05m, a huge personal best and a revision of his own U20 age-group world record, at the 2018 championships in Berlin.
World silver followed last October in Doha, with the man who he enjoyed a fine battle with for gold, Sam Kendricks, also confirmed to line up in Glasgow as the two friends and competitors go head to head once again.
Not only a two-time world outdoor champion, Kendricks is the Olympic bronze medallist from Rio 2016 and has also won two silver medals at consecutive world indoor championships.
In 2019, the 27-year-old cleared 6.06m, an American record vault that also saw him go to #2 all-time.
Where home interest is concerned, reigning British outdoor champion Harry Coppell (Scott Simpson, Wigan & District) will take to the runway full of confidence having won his first competition of 2020 thanks to a clearance of 5.70m.
The second-best mark of his career to date behind the 5.71m clearance that saw the 23-year-old win his first national title last summer, Coppell will be joined by compatriots Charlie Myers (Chris Boundy, Middlesbrough) and Adam Hague (Trevor Fox, Sheffield & Dearne), both of whom have enjoyed promising starts to 2020 having gone over 5.60m so far this year.
Tickets for the Muller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow are sold-out. The event will be broadcast live on BBC One on Saturday 15 February from 13:15 – 16:00.