The competition bib Armand Duplantis wore when he set his first world record in the pole vault at the Copernicus Cup in Torun on 8 February has raised 30,000 Swedish krona at an online auction.
There were 144 bids for this piece of sporting memorabilia, including eleven bids in the last five minutes before the auction closed which added nearly 5000 Swedish krona to the winning bid. This roughly converts to just under 2800 euros and the proceeds will go towards helping those at the highest risk of contracting COVID-19.
"I hope that at least in this modest way I will help in the fight against this pandemic. My maternal grandparents live in Avesta in Sweden and are over the age of 85 in this group. My father's parents who are living in the United States in Lafayette, are of a similar age," Duplantis told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
The competition bib was encased in a black frame and also adorned by an autograph from the world record-holder and reigning European champion himself. The bib can be seen here.
Duplantis cleared 6.17m in Torun, the host city of the 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championships, on 8 February to break the world record for the first time. He improved his mark by one centimetre the following weekend in Glasgow before attempting 6.19m in his two remaining indoor competitions of the season in Lievin and Clermont-Ferrand.