Sweden’s Duplantis soars 6.17m to break pole vault world record


FILE PHOTO: Sweden’s Armand Duplantis is seen in action in the Doha 2019 World Athletics Championships Mens Pole Vault Final in Doha, Qatar, October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

(Reuters) – World silver medalist Mondo Duplantis broke the pole vault world record on Saturday when the American-born Swede soared 6.17 meters on his second attempt at a World Athletics Indoor Tour meeting in Torun in Poland.

Duplantis broke Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie’s record of 6.16 meters set in February 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

“It’s something that I wanted since I was 3 years old,” said the 20-year-old. “It’s a big year, but it’s a good way to start it.”

He broke the record on his sixth jump of the competition, having narrowly failed to clear the same height in Dusseldorf on Tuesday when he brushed the bar on his way down.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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