Tokyo Olympics: Armand Duplantis is happy to refrain from coffee with Sam Kendricks

                       Have you ever wished your other half would just stop talking so you can get off the phone and go ahead with other things?

Well, with Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis it was a great job his chat with his girlfriend went on a bit.

World record holder Duplantis was due to meet up with American rival Sam Kendricks for a coffee but concluded missing the appointment because of his phone call.

Kendricks then tested positive for Covid-19 and was ruled out of the Olympics, and three members of Australia’s track and field team are still isolating after being identified as close contacts.

“I was going to meet with him in the Olympic Village and have a coffee but I was speaking to my girlfriend for too long and missed it,” Duplantis said on Saturday after easing through qualification to reach the final. “So it’s thanks to her that we weren’t together.

“It’s so sad because Sam was in great shape and he always jumps high at championships, so essentially there is a medal spot free now.”

Meanwhile, Kendricks’ replacement Matt Ludwig failed to reach the final, which was probably understandable given he was competing just 20 hours after being called up.

“It’s been fast-moving,” he stated. “There have been mixed emotions amidst drop-of-the-hat hassle, logistics.

“I didn’t have a uniform before departing from the stadium this morning.”

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