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article imageReview: Timur Morgunov earns silver medal in Berlin, jumps six meters Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 18, 2018 in Sports
When was the last time that a six meter jump in the men's pole vault came in second place? It happened on August 12 at the 2018 European Championships.
Russian pole vaulter Timur Morgunov jumped 6.00 meters in the men's pole vault final at the European Championships in Berlin, Germany, which earned him the silver medal. This was a new personal best for the 21-year-old athlete. He cleared the following heights on his first attempt: 5.50 meters, 5.65 meters, 5.75 meters, 5.85 meters and 5.90 meters. After one failed attempt at 5.95 meters, Morgunov raised the bar to six meters, which he cleared on his first attempt. Morgunov's clearance of that difficult height was quite exceptional.
At that moment, Morgunov tied Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis in first place, and they both held the world junior record; however, minutes later, Duplantis was able to clear 6.05 meters, which was enough to solidify a win at the European Championships, as well as a new world junior record and championship record. Morgunov failed at all three attempts at 6.05 meters.
World record holder Renaud Lavillenie of France came in third place with 5.95 meters.
Morgunov had the second best jump of 2018 with six meters. Both Duplantis and Morgunov surpassed the previous world leading mark (5.96 meters) that was set by American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks at the IAAF Diamond League event in Paris.
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