Whenever Mondo Duplantis takes to the runway, there’s a chance the men’s world pole vault record will fall. The 23-year-old started 2023 looking to improve on the 6.21m world record he set in Oregon last year and in Clermont-Ferrand, contesting his final competition of the indoor season on Saturday (25), Duplantis wasn’t going to let the opportunity pass him by.

Delivering even more star quality at the All Star Perche, a World Athletics Indoor Tour Silver meeting, the Olympic and world champion cleared 6.22m* on his third attempt for the sixth world record of his career.

It was also the 60th six metre-plus clearance of his career, 14 more than the next best – the great Sergey Bubka – ever achieved.

Duplantis’s CV continues to grow and a performance like this certainly bodes well ahead of a season that offers him the chance to achieve another of his aims: retaining his title at the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23 in August.


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