l’essentielThe Swedish Olympic champion Armand Duplantis set a new world record in pole vault by jumping 6.23m on Sunday during the finals of the Diamond League Athletics in Eugene, Oregon, United States.
At the age of 23, the two-time outdoor world champion has broken the world record for the seventh time, which he had set at 6.22m in February in Clermont-Ferrand, France. The rural stadium at Hayward Field, in the small town of Eugene (northwest), proved successful for this athlete who was born and raised in the United States, in Louisiana: he had won his first outdoor world championship title in July 2021 by jumping at 6.21m, which was then a new record.
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After covering a distance of 6.02 meters, Duplantis took advantage of the perfect conditions in Eugene (sunny weather, around 27 degrees) to clear 6.23 meters on his first attempt. Known as « Mondo, » the Swedish athlete has remained undefeated in seventeen competitions this season. Since bursting onto the scene with a European championship title in Berlin in 2018 at the age of 18, thanks to a jump of 6.05 meters, Duplantis has claimed three world titles (including one indoors) and won Olympic gold in Tokyo in 2021.
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After erasing the record of Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie (6.17 m compared to 6.16 m) in February 2020, he has been improving his record centimeter by centimeter. The former athlete from Louisiana State University (LSU) has always been coached by his parents, after learning his craft in the family garden. For a few years now, he has been splitting his time between his hometown and Sweden.