DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Sam Kendricks of the United States has defended his pole vault title, beating Armand Duplantis after both cleared the best height at a world championships since 2001.
Kendricks and Duplantis both cleared 5.97 meters and failed their attempts at 6.02.
Kendricks, an Ole Miss and Oxford High School product, took the title because he had fewer failures at lower heights, four compared to five for Duplantis, who represents Sweden but was raised in Louisiana.
Olympic champion Thiago Braz of Brazil settled for fifth on 5.70, and world record holder Renaud Lavillenie of France missed the final altogether after being eliminated in qualifying.
Kelsey-Lee Barber became the first Australian to win a world javelin title, overtaking two Chinese athletes with a 66.56-meter final throw. Liu Shiying was second and Lyu Huihui third. Barber dropped to the ground in shock when her result was shown on the big screen.