Duplantis breaks world pole vault record


Armand Duplantis broke the world record in the pole vault, clearing 6.17m at the Orlen Copernicus Cup in Torun, Poland, the fourth stop of the World Athletics Indoor Tour, on Saturday (8).

Competing in just his second competition of the 2020 season, the 20-year-old Swede added one centimetre to the mark set by Renaud Lavillenie in Donetsk, Ukraine, in 2014.

Duplantis cleared the record height on his second attempt, which came on his sixth jump of the competition.

"It's something that I wanted since I was three years old," Duplantis said. "It's a big year, but it's a good way to start it."

The record caps a sensational rise in the discipline by Duplantis, a wunderkind in the pole vault who began setting age group records at age seven.

More to follow.

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