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Athletics: Swede Armand Duplantis breaks pole vault world record with 6.19m


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Swede Armand Duplantis broke his own pole vault world record on Monday by jumping to 6.19m on his third attempt at the indoor meeting in Belgrade. The 22-year-old Olympic champion has held the record since February 2020, when he cleared 6.17m in Torun (Poland) then 6.18m in Glasgow (Scotland) a week apart.

Swede Armand Duplantis broke his own pole vault world record on Monday by jumping to 6.19m on his third attempt at the indoor meeting in Belgrade. The 22-year-old Olympic champion has held the record since February 2020, when he cleared 6.17m in Torun (Poland) then 6.18m in Glasgow (Scotland) a week apart.

Duplantis soars above the competition

A true pole vaulting prodigy, “Mondo”, who was born and raised in the United States in Lafayette (Louisiana), competes under the colors of Sweden, the country of his mother, who trains him with his father. At 22, Duplantis hovers above the competition: he became European champion in 2018 in Berlin at just 18 years old, and won the Olympic title last summer in Tokyo with a jump of 6.02 m.

He advances as an immense favorite of the Indoor Worlds disputed in the same arena in Belgrade next week, to win one of the two titles which are missing from his list, with the outdoor world title which he will have the opportunity to win in July in Eugene (Oregon). On Monday, he broke the world record in an almost empty room, and in a competition where he was the only international level pole vaulter. After having easily crossed 5.61 m, 5.85 m then 6 m, he passed 6.19 m on his 3rd attempt before rushing into the arms of his partner at the edge of the track.



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