World record holder Armand Duplantis “shocked” after rival is ruled out of Olympics

Sweden’s world record pole vaulter Armand Duplantis said on Thursday that he was “shocked” to learn of Sam Kendricks’ positive Covid-19 test which has ruled the American out of Tokyo 2020.

“It’s just very scary,” Duplantis told reporters at a press conference at the Olympic Village.
“As far as an hour ago, I was still preparing myself for a big battle with Sam (Kendricks). He’s one of my main rivals, and somebody who was definitely going to push me in the final.
“I’m kind of shocked […] It still feels like somehow, someway he’s (Sam Kendricks) going to be able to compete, but you know this is not looking good for him. It’s hard to explain the feeling.”
The Swede confirmed that he hadn’t had any contact with Kendricks and would be taking extra precautions before the men’s pole vault competition begins on Saturday.


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