Armand Duplantis

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Armand Duplantis
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Personal information
Born (1999-11-10) November 10, 1999 (age 19)
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) [1]
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
Country Sweden
Event(s)Pole vault
Coached byGreg Duplantis
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Indoor: 5.88 m (2018) WU20R
Outdoor: 6.05 m (2018) WU20R

Armand "Mondo" Duplantis (born November 10, 1999) is a Swedish-American pole vaulter. Duplantis won gold as a 15 year old in the boys' pole vault at the 2015 World Youth Championships and holds a number of age group world bests. He won the gold medal at the 2018 European Championships with a height of 6.05 metres, a new under-20s world record.

Life and career[edit]

Duplantis was born into an athletic family; his American father, Greg Duplantis, is a former pole vaulter with a personal best of 5.80 m (19 ft  ​14 in), while his Swedish mother Helena (née Hedlund) is a former heptathlete and volleyball player.[2] His two older brothers, Andreas and Antoine, also took up sports; Andreas represented Sweden as a pole vaulter at the 2009 World Youth Championships and 2012 World Junior Championships, while Antoine dropped pole vault for baseball in high school.[3][4]

Armand Duplantis first tried pole vaulting as a four-year-old at the family's home in Lafayette, Louisiana, and took to the event rapidly; he set his first age group world best at age 7, and his jump of 3.86 m (12 ft 8 in) as a ten-year-old surpassed the previous world bests for ages 11 and 12 as well.[5][6] As of July 2015, he holds the world best in all age groups from age 7 to age 12; he held the age 13 record until it was broken in May 2015.[5][7]


In 2015, his freshman year at Lafayette High School, Duplantis set national freshman records both indoors and outdoors and was named Gatorade Louisiana Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.[8] As a citizen of both the United States and Sweden, Duplantis could have chosen to vault for either country internationally; in June 2015 it was announced that he had selected Sweden.[9][10] Duplantis represented Sweden for the first time at the 2015 World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia; he won gold on countback with a first-attempt clearance of 5.30 m (17 ft ​4 12 in), improving his personal best by two centimeters and setting a new championship record.[11][12]


Duplantis cleared 5.49 m (18 ft ​12 in) at a high school meet in Baton Rouge on February 6, 2016, setting a new age 16 world best, world indoor youth best and national high school indoor record; he was the first high school athlete to vault 18 feet indoors.[13][14] Emmanouil Karalis of Greece, the same age as Duplantis, broke his world marks with a 5.53 m jump only one week later.[15]


On February 11, 2017, at the Millrose Games, Duplantis jumped 5.75 m (18 ft 10 14 in) to set the World Indoor Junior Record.[16] That mark was ratified by IAAF. A month later he improved to 5.82 m in the same facility at the New Balance National Scholastic Championships. That mark was not ratified due to incorrect peg lengths being used. On 1 April 2017, Duplantis jumped 5.90 m at the Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, improving his personal record and setting a new World Junior Record. The jump also became a Swedish senior record by 3 cm. While the IAAF recognized the record with Duplantis representing Sweden, on December 2, 2017, USATF also ratified Duplantis' mark as the American Junior record.[17]


Duplantis began his 2018 season by improving upon the World Indoor Junior Record by jumping 5.83 at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada. He later improved his indoor record to 5.88 metres (19 ft 3 in)[18] and reached 6.05 metres (19 ft 10 in) at the 2018 European Athletics Championships. The 6.05 ranks him tied as the #4 pole vaulter in history and tied for #2 outdoors.

Competition records[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2015 World U18 Championships Cali, Colombia 1st 5.30 m CR
2016 World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 3rd 5.45 m
2017 European U20 Championships Grosseto, Italy 1st 5.65 m CR
World Championships London, United Kingdom 9th 5.50 m
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 8th 5.70 m
World U20 Championships Tampere, Finland 1st 5.82 m CR
European Championships Berlin, Germany 1st 6.05 m WU20R


  1. ^ "European Athletics". Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  2. ^ Raymond A. Partsch III (March 4, 2015). "Pole vaulter Armand Duplantis clearing new heights". The Advocate. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  3. ^ Andreas Duplantis at Tilastopaja (registration required)
  4. ^ Randy Rosetta (July 13, 2015). "LSU freshman Antoine Duplantis meshes strong mental approach with athleticism as he steps into a chance to compete". Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Johanna Gretschel (January 14, 2015). "National freshman PV record holder Armand Duplantis wants the world". MileSplit. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  6. ^ Dave Krider (August 11, 2010). "Louisiana's 10-year old pole vault prodigy". MaxPreps. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  7. ^ Øystein Jarlsbo (May 18, 2015). "Pål (13) feiret 17. mai som verdensrekordholder i stav" (in Norwegian). Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  8. ^ "Lafayette High pole vaulter Armand Duplantis named Gatorade Louisiana Track & Field Athlete of the Year". The Advocate. July 10, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  9. ^ "Stavhoppartalang valde Sverige och Avesta" (in Swedish). Dala-Demokraten. June 3, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  10. ^ Ludvig Holmberg (June 2, 2015). "Supertalangen byter landslag till Sverige" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  11. ^ Pontus Roos (July 20, 2015). "Sveriges nya supertalang fixade guld direkt" (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  12. ^ Cathal Dennehy (July 19, 2015). "Boys' pole vault – IAAF World Youth Championships, Cali 2015". IAAF. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  13. ^ Johanna Gretschel (February 6, 2016). "Mondo Duplantis Breaks Pole Vault National High School Record!". MileSplit. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  14. ^ Ludvig Holmberg (February 7, 2016). "Svenska stortalangen slog världsrekordet" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  15. ^ Steven Mills (February 14, 2016). "Kazmirek gets world-leading heptathlon total in Tallinn – indoor round-up". IAAF. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  16. ^ "IAAF: Wilson, Hassan and Okolo shine on night of world leads and records at Millrose Games- News -". Retrieved 12 August 2018.
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  18. ^ "IAAF: Record Books rewritten in Clermont - Ferrand and College Station -". Retrieved 12 August 2018.

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