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Armand Duplantis has once again set the pole vault world record

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Armand Duplantis has once again set the pole vault world record

On Saturday in Xiamen (China), at the first seasonal competition of the Diamond League, the series of athletics meetings, the Swede Armand Duplantis set a new world record in the pole vault. With 6.24 meters he improved by one centimeter the previous record set by himself last September. It is the eighth time that Duplantis has broken the world record, and in Xiamen he did it on the first attempt, after this winter he had failed to do so six times at the indoor world championships.

As the Ukrainian Sergej Bubka had already done between the 1980s and 1990s, for several years Duplantis has decided to improve his record by raising the bar one centimeter at a time. World Athletics, the international athletics federation, awards a large cash prize to athletes who set new world records: this year the minimum it is 50 thousand dollars.

Duplantis is 23 years old and in his short career he has already won an Olympic gold, two world golds, as many at the indoor world championships and the European championships, and one at the indoor European championships. She went on to win the pole vault three times at the Diamond League. Often called by the nickname “Mondo”, he is trained by his father, the American Greg Duplantis, a former pole vaulter himself. His mother, Helena Hedlund, is a former Swedish heptathlon athlete and former volleyball player. Duplantis, who was born and raised in the United States, Louisiana, has dual US and Swedish citizenship.

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