After his first two vaults Saturday I thought I would be disappointed if he did not get the record. He was so high on his second vault of the competition that he was nearly out of control and shook his head afterward at how crazy it was. Those first two vaults made me anticipate something special was coming. Kind of like what you are describing.I watched the street vault competition a week or two ago and thought he would get the record that night. He and Kendricks were amazing that night. His hip height over the bar was unreal. It wasn't to be as he essentially ran out of daylight and the artificial lighting wasn't sufficient to continue.
Dad, Greg Duplantis, set the national HSR two or three times in the spring of 1981. He, Joe Dial (OK) & little-known Texan Dale Jenkins, traded the outdoor HSR that spring. Greg thought he had become the 1st 18 ft hser in winning a meet against Dial at Colorado Springs that summer. Upon re-measurement, it measured at 17'11 3/4". He later went on to clear 19' 1/4" several times in his career. I had the pleasure of watching him compete at the '88 Olympic Trials in Indy. At 5'5" tall, Greg was exceptionally quick & rocked back on the pole more explosively than I've ever seen anyone do. Mondo got his speed from his Dad.It doesn't hurt to have world class genetics and start before the age of 5. His father was a world class vaulter and either had or was close to the national high school record in the mid-late 70's. His mother was a Swedish national team heptathlete.
Olson was quick, but average rock back. Terrible take-off ( collapse of left arm), but Olson had an ideal frame, like Mondo, & Olson had great timing with the momentum of the pole. Unfortunately, he was also not a good vaulter in contrary winds.I got a little of it right. A little later than I remember it but that is normal for me. I thought it was in my first few years of coaching but I am wrong.
I did not realize Greg was so small. I see who must be Greg in the TV coverage and he seems taller.
I also remember the speed and quick rock of Billy Olsen. Am I thinking clearly on his speed, hang, then quick and explosive inversion?