Indoor pole vault record? Check. Outdoor pole vault record? Check
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Swedish vaulter Armand Duplantis soars to a new outdoor pole vault world record and sets a new high of 6.15m at the Rome Diamond League meeting.
Already the owner of the indoor world record after leaping 6.18m at the World Athletics Indoor meet in Glasgow back in February, Armand Duplantis set his sights on Sergey Bubka’s outdoor record of 6.14m.
The Ukrainian’s record had stood for 26 years but Duplantis cleared it on his second attempt to stamp his name at the top of the list on both the indoor and outdoor record.
"It has been a long time coming,” Duplantis said in Rome. “Coming into the season we did not know if we were able to do any competition at all. This world record is really unexpected and I am very grateful."
The 20-year-old first broke Renaud Lavillenie's indoor pole vault world record, which had stood since 2014, earlier in February at a World Athletics Indoor Tour meeting in Torun, Poland, where he jumped a massive 6.17m. He then delivered another masterclass the following week in Glasgow by easily clearing 6.18m to increase his world record by 1cm.
The USA-born Swede, who goes by the nickname Mondo, Duplantis, was handed a world record bonus cheque for $30,000 after claiming his new high in Glasgow.
"This was such a great competition. There was such great energy the crowd was giving me and I really thrive off that," he said.
The 20-year-old is coached by his American father Greg, who was also a pole vaulter, while his Swedish mother, Helena, is a former heptathlete and volleyball player.