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The Athletics Illustrated Person of the Week honours for the week of
September 21, 2020, goes to Swedish-American pole vaulter Armand Duplantis.
Duplantis broke Ukrainian Sergey Bubka’s long-standing world record last week during the Rome Diamond League meet.

Duplantis, the American-born Swedish pole vault star broke the world record when he cleared 6.15 metres to win the Rome Diamond League meet to continue his high-flying season.

The 20-year-old cleared the bar during his second attempt with room leftover. At that point, he was just three centimetres off his own indoor world record from Glasgow in February.

“I wanted the outdoor world best at 6.15m so there would no longer be any confusion. I now have the best jumps for both indoors and outdoors.”

The Athletics Illustrated Person of the Week recognition is an endeavor that aims to recognise noteworthy or newsworthy achievements, actions or events in the sport of athletics by individuals who are involved or have affected the sport in some way.

The weekly decision will be the discretion of Athletics Illustrated, however, input from readers is welcome.

At the end of each year, the Person of the Week honours will be reviewed and featured along with a Person of the Year recognition taken from the list of weekly honours.

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