Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Duplantis wants to fight Messi for the sport’s ‘Oscars’: He has again broken his own pole vault world record

The Swede reached a milestone of 6 meters and 22 centimeters during the indoor meeting in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Watch the video.

Exceptional Swedish athlete Armand “Mondo” Duplantis raised his pole vault world record to 6 meters and 22 centimeters by winning this test at the indoor meeting in Clermont-Ferrand, France, this Saturday, a few days after being included in the candidates for the Laureus awards, the sport’s ‘Oscars’, together with the Argentine soccer world champion Lionel Messi.

Duplantis, the son of a former world-class pole vaulter, is 23 years old and is the specialty Olympic champion, as well as the 2022 Oregon World Champion.

In recent weeks he had tried to reach this figure of 6.22, which he finally achieved, after winning the Uppsala meetings with 6.10 and Berlin with 6.06, among others.

Photo: arnaud finistre / afp.


In Clermont-Ferrand he started with a jump of 5.71, which he easily overcame. It took him two tries at 5.81, while he passed 6.01 on his first try. About 6.22 off the record, he failed in the first two jumps, but finally reached his goal in the third and final. Australia’s Kurtis Marschall, the Commonwealth champion, came second with 5.91m. and third was the Dutch Menno Vloon with 5.91.

Duplantis already has 60 matches to his name with this tournament in which he jumped 6 meters or more, a truly impressive figure. And he is in the running to emulate Ukrainian Sergey Bubka as the greatest pole vaulter in history.

Duplantis achieved his first world record in February 2020 in Torun (Poloni) when he passed 6.17 m. (The previous figure was by Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie with 6.16 since 2014). The following week, Duplantis hit 6.18 in Glasgow. The pandemic halted competitions that year, but already on March 7, 2022 in Belgrade, Duplantis resumed the “recordman” rhythm and jumped 6.19. Thirteen days later in the same city, at the World Indoor Championships, it reached 6.20. And in July, at the Outdoor World Cup in Oregon, he reached 6.21.

One record table is kept for the jumping and throwing tests, regardless of whether they are achieved indoors or outdoors.

Photo: arnaud finistre / afp.


Greg Duplantis, the father of “Mondo” was a world class pole vaulter in the 90’s with a best mark of 5.80 m. In 1993 and his wife Helena Hedlund – the mother of “Mondo” excelled in heptathlon and as a volleyball player, before devoting himself to his profession as a dietician. Lars-Ake Hedlund, Helena’s father, was director of an athletics club in Sweden.

“Mondo” started to shine in the pole vault at a very young age and especially when he attended the University of Louisiana in the USA. He was born in that country (Lafayette, Louisiana, on 10/11/1999) but he always represented to Sweden.

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