Mondo Duplantis Eclipses Noah Lyles’ Chances With Two World Records to Clinch the Ultimate Annual Award

Published 10/13/2023, 7:11 PM EDT

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In a world where speed and strength collide, the stage is set for a thrilling showdown among elite Track and Field athletes. The Men’s World Athlete of the Year 2023 shortlist has been revealed. The privilege is reserved for a select few as it can only feature sport’s most phenomenal talents. 11 male athletes were chosen to participate in the prestigious prize.

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Mondo Duplantis is a world record-holder vaulter who showcases his strength in the pole. Both Duplantis and track and field superstar Noah Lyles have made it as nominees.  There is eager anticipation amongst the public as to who will end up victorious as Athlete of the year. However, the comparison between Duplantis and Noah Lyles is hard to ignore.

Duplantis impacts Lyles’ annual award

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Noah Lyles is a sprint sensation who secured an impressive trio of gold medals at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest. His fresh triumphant performance at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest catapulted him into the prestigious race for Male Athlete of the Year. On the other hand, Mondo Duplantis is also a world record holder for pole vault. Duplantis possesses an unwavering determination to surpass his own record of 6.22 meters in 2023. Among all the tough contenders, Duplantis’ exceptional performance so far has made fans talk about him winning the ultimate title instead of Lyles. Recently, a tweet was shared by Owen M stating why should Duplantis hold the title.

Noah Lyles and Armand Duplantis are among the world champions. Having ended 2023 on a high note, the athletes have set the ultimate goal for Paris 2024. Duplantis harbors ambitions of breaking his own world record and Noah is no less determinant in setting a record himself. It is interesting to see that even after an enormous Lyles’ fan base, Duplantis managed to clench more support for the Athlete of the year accolade.

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Record-breaking streak alters award

Among other prominent nominees for the Men’s World Athlete of the Year stands Kelvin Kiptum along with Karsten Warholm, Soufiane El Bakkali, and Neeraj Chopra. Kiptum etched his name in history by shattering the legendary Eliud Kipchoge’s world record at the 2023 Chicago Marathon. Among all these tough contenders, Mondo Duplantis’s exceptional performance made fans talk about him winning the ultimate title.

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The upcoming event promises to serve as a platform for the recognition and appreciation of these amazing athletes. It would offer a thrilling conclusion to the World Athletics season. It will solely depend on Olympians who represent all six continental areas of World Athletics, and who performed exceptionally in various events. The anticipation is building as we look ahead to December 11, the day when one of these extraordinary athletes will be crowned the Men’s World Athlete of the Year 2023.

Watch this story: Noah Lyles Eyeing on Shattering Another Record of Usain Bolt After Breaking the Sprinting Legend’s Record in Seven Years

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Shayni Maitra

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Shayni Maitra is an Olympic Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing her degree in Psychology from a reputed institute, Shayni has been actively involved with entertainment writing for a year. Her role as an Olympic writer combines her admiration for sports, especially Gymnastics.
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