The jump to the moon of "Mondo" Duplantis
He began to jump thanks to his father Greg, also a pole vaulter with a better record of 5.80, who had installed a jump zone in the garden of his house where Armand Duplantis gave his first stunts with the pole next to his Big brother Andreas.
At the meeting in Torun (Poland) he became the new king of heights rising to a height never before surpassed, 6.17 meters, displacing by a centimeter the French legend Renaud Lavillenie and the Ukrainian "Tsar" Sergei Bubka (6.15 meters in 1993) that still holds the world record outdoors (6.14 of 1994).
European Champion in Berlin 2018 and world runner-up in October in Doha (Qatar), “Mondo” Duplantis had touched the feat in Düsseldorf (Germany) last Tuesday, but ended up breaking the bar with the right elbow when it was surpassed.
This time it did not fail. Duplantis began his contest in 5.52, was left alone and went to the first 5.72, 5.92 and 6.01. He asked again 6.17 to overcome the record of Lavillenie. He could not in his first attempt, to tear down the bar with his thighs, but in the second he could achieve glory.
The new record holder went crazy, like everyone around him and the public. He quickly rushed toward the stands, ‘climbed’ to her and merged into an emotional hug with her mother Helena.
🚨 Armand ★ Duplantis🇸🇪🇺🇸 ★ 6.17m in Toruń🇵🇱
● World record in indoor and outdoor pole vault
● It was 6.16m from Renaud Lavillenie🇫🇷 in 2014
● You are 2⃣0⃣ years old and 2⃣ months old…
💞 The emotional hug with a kiss is with his mother, Helena💞pic.twitter.com/PL69nsTnmo
- | Joaquín Carmona | (@ Jokin4318) February 8, 2020
Lavillenie, the same afternoon, failed three times over 5.64 meters in Rouen. Speaking to RMC Sport about the WR of Duplantis, he stated “There was no reason not to fall quickly. I had the honor of having it for six years, I don't have to be disappointed. He has all the talent to make it even better. It's nice !".
Bubka wasn't too late to congratulate Mondo for his success. “A fantastic job. My sincere congratulations to Armand and his parents. It's wonderful that there is so much talent in athletics. ”
My sincere congratulations to Armand and his parents!
It's great athletics has got such talents.
- Sergey Bubka (@sergey_bubka) February 8, 2020