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Mondo Duplantis Breaks Pole Vault Record
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Mondo Duplantis Breaks Pole Vault Record
6.17 meters (over 20 feet!)

Quote:Armand “Mondo” Duplantis, a 20-year-old Swede raised in Louisiana, broke a six-year-old record in the pole vault at an indoor meet on Saturday, according to World Athletics.

Duplantis cleared 6.17 meters — or 20 feet and nearly 3 inches — in Torun, Poland.

“It’s something that I wanted since I was 3 years old,” Duplantis said, according to World Athletics. “It’s a big year, but it’s a good way to start it.”

As he's falling back to the mat and sees the bar stay in place, he realizes he's done it -- he is the best in the world -- and extends his arms in celebration while still falling through space. So cool.

The combination of strength, coordination, and balls needed to fling your body into the air with a flexible pole is worthy of respect.
02-08-2020 04:26 PM
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RE: Mondo Duplantis Breaks Pole Vault Record
He broke Renaud Lavillenie's previous 6 year old WR by 1cm. Lavillenie is 33 now, not sure if he can catch up, especially given the upside left for Mondo.

Sergey Bubka, the all-time gratest pole vaulter, broke his first WR in 1984 at 21, and kept improving it till he was 31, back in 1994. His record stood for 20 years before Renaud Lavillenie broke it, which is an eternity in T&F and has earned Bubka the aura of all time greatest, he was untouchable for 3 decades.

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