Tokyo Olympic game Pole Vaulter champion, Armand Duplantis was crowned the Sportsman of the Year at the Swedish Sports Awards that were held on Monday (17) in Sweden.
The 22 year-old added to his list of accolades, the European indoor and Olympic gold medals. His consistency at the highest level was also unparalleled as he cleared 6.00m or higher in 12 of his 17 competitions in 2021.
Duplantis battled for the award with Olympic champion Daniel Stahl who won the discus title in Tokyo, Olympic equestrian champion Peder Fredricson and world champion speed skater Nils van der Poel.
“First, I want to say thank you to the Swedish people. You mean so much to me. Everyone has supported me so much and I am so grateful. I want to make you proud. And I will continue to do so.
“In 2021 it was my biggest goal to take the Olympic gold. Representing Sweden was an honour and I am so happy that I was able to win for you,” said Duplantis who also paid tribute to his parents Greg and Helena Duplantis who also serve as his coaches.
“I want to say thank you to my mum and dad. They are the best and they have been since the beginning.”
This was his third time of winning the Sportsman award of the year award.
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