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Pole Vault men European Championships 2018 odds

Who wins Men's Pole Vault at the European Athletics Championships 2018?

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Raphael Holzdeppe is Aiming for Gold at the European Athletics Championship

The European Athletics Championship are on the agenda this year as more than 4500 athletes are stepping up their preparations for the continental competition. The European Athletics Championships in Berlin will be staged 7-12 August. Moreover, this unique sport event will bring various contests that will attract millions of fans worldwide. One notable competition is the pole vault contest.

Many pundits and experts alike has set their sights on the Raphael Holzdeppe as one of the hot picks to win the gold medal at the Olympic stadium in Berlin. On that note, it is important to emphasize that the German athlete is well known for success in the past. Holzdeppe was able to win the 2013 World Championship in Moscow. However, the 28-year-old looks determined to challenge for gold again at the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships.

Raphael Holzdeppe is heading into the European Athletics Championship on the wings of his recent success at the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe. The German took part of the pole vault contest and he achieved some notable results. To be more specific, the 28 years old pole vaulter was in a direct contest with the Renaud Lavillenie for the top spot. He finished the competition with a score of 5.88 meters which was enough for a win. This will surely give him a confidence boost as he aims the gold medal at the European Athletics Championship in Berlin.

Another young pole vaulter that is seen as a rising star is Armand Duplantis. The 18-year Swedish athlete had some notable results as well. He had a dominant performance as he claimed the pole vault title on the final day of the European Athletics U20 Championships in Grosseto, Italy. Also, Duplantis began his 2018 season by improving upon the World Indoor Junior Record as he jumped 5.83 at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada. He has since improved the record to 5.93 meters, or 19 feet 5.5 inches. Heading into the European Athletics Championship, Duplantis took part at the World Indoor Championship in Birmingham, UK. His record was 5.70 meters and that score was enough only for the 8th place. The Swedish pole vaulter will aim to improve on that as he targets the pole vault contest in Berlin. Also, it is important to emphasize that many experts and pundits see Duplantis as someone for the future. However, his potential should not be underestimated as he showed that he is capable of giving a top performance.