New Orleans based Swedish athlete Armand Duplantis was doubly honored at this year’s Idrottsgalan - the Swedish sports award show that recognizes Swedish sports and athletes' recent achievements, hosted every January at Ericsson Globen, Stockholm.

After winning the world Under 20 title in pole vault in Tampere, Finland, the now 19-year-old went to the 2018 European Championships as one of the medal favorites. He won the gold convincingly, breaking his previous U20 world record on three occasions, with first-time clearances at 5.95m, 6.00m and 6.05m.


At Idrottsgalan he was honored with being named both Male Athlete of the Year and Greatest Achievement of the Year. Alas, only one man in history has ever vaulted higher than Duplantis outdoors: Sergey Bubka passed 6.14m (20 feet 1.75 inches) in 1994.

Duplantis, who grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana, has athletics in his blood. His father Greg was one of USA's best pole vaulters in the 1990s, while his mother Helena (née Hedlund) competed for Sweden in the heptathlon in the 1980s. He was born in the U.S., but as a dual citizen represents his mother's birth nation, Sweden. "I'd like to bring a resurgence back to Swedish track and field," he recently said in an interview with IAAF. "I'd like to make my mom proud.”