Armand Duplantis closed the 2022 Athletics World Championships in Eugene, Oregon with a new amazing result. There are no more limits for the fantastic Swedish athlete. The Swede signed the pole vault world record, flying 6.21 meters.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Champion has touched up by one centimeter his record that he had signed four months ago at the Indoor World Championships in Belgrade. The 22-year-old Swede had already won his first world title after passing 6.00 meters.
Duplantis first jumped 6.06 and then raised the bar to 6.21, surpassing it on the second attempt. In the race, silver for the American Christopher Nilsen, while the Filipino Ernest John Obiena wins the bronze medal. Duplantis surpassed the 8 centimeter mark.
Duplantis' climb to Olympus: no limits now
Son of the American star Greg Duplantis and himself an American citizen, since 2015 he has opted for the Swedish sports nationality of his mother, keeping, however, the dual nationality.
At the age of eighteen he won the gold medal in pole vaulting at the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin, measuring 6.05 meters. On this occasion he set the world record under 20, overcoming the twenty-one year old Russian Timur Morgunov and the French Renaud Lavillenie, world record holder.
In 2019 he won the silver medal at the Doha World Championships with 5.97 m, preceded by the same measure by the American Sam Kendricks. On February 8, 2020, in Toruń, she set the new world record, with the measurement of 6.17 meters, thus exceeding by one centimeter the previous record of Lavillenie that had lasted since 2014.
Exactly one week later, on February 15, in Glasgow, has set the world record again, raising it by one centimeter and thus bringing it to 6.18 meters. Both performances, despite having been established indoors, are ratified as a world record under rule 260 of the international federation introduced in 1998, which provides that world records can be established in facilities with or without coverage.
On 17 September, on the occasion of the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea in Rome, he realizes the best outdoor performance ever with the measure of 6.15 m. In 2020 he was named World Athlete of the Year by World Athletics. He represented Sweden at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, where he won the gold medal in pole vaulting, thanks to the 6.02 meter measurement, overtaking the American Chris Nilsen and the Brazilian Thiago Braz da Silva in the final.
, reigning Olympic champion. After numerous attempts in the previous months, on 7 March 2022 at the Štark Arena in Belgrade he improves his world record taking it to 6.19 meters and then further increases the record to 6.20 meters on the occasion of his victory at the indoor world championships in Belgrade. On 24 July 2022 he became world champion by beating the world record again, bringing it to 6.21 meters.