Duplantis breaks world pole vault record

Olympic and world champion sets a new pole vault world record of 6.22 metres at an indoor meeting in France.

Sweden’s Armand Duplantis has broken his own pole vault record, clearing 6.22 meters to add one centimeter to his previous mark at the World Athletics Indoor Tour Silver meeting in Clermont-Ferrand.

At the beginning of this month, the 23-year-old Swedish athlete, who achieved the best time of the season with 6.10 meters at the opening of the season in Uppsala, tried the world record with 6.22 meters in Berlin a week later, but was unsuccessful.

Duplantis entered the competition at 5.71 meters and cleared that height on his first attempt. He then passed at 5.81 meters and managed 5.91 meters on his second try. He had the competition won when he cleared 6.01m on his first attempt.

Then it was time to try 6.22 meters. He knocked the bar on his first and second attempts but the third was sublime. 

The Swedish star broke the world record for the sixth time in three years.

Duplantis who will not participate in the European Athletics Indoor Championships to be held in Istanbul between 2-5 March has achieved a total of 60 six meter-plus clearances in his career so far.

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