Armand Duplantis

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Armand Duplantis
Armand Duplantis after his 6.0 m jump-1.jpg
Armand Duplantis jumps 6.00 metres in pole at Stockholm Stadium on 24 August 2019
Personal information
Born (1999-11-10) 10 November 1999 (age 21)
Lafayette, Louisiana, U.S.
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight79 kg (174 lb)[1]
Country Sweden
Event(s)Pole vault
ClubUpsala IF
Coached byGreg Duplantis
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Indoor: 6.18 m WR (Glasgow 2020)
Outdoor: 6.15 m WB (Rome 2020)

Armand "Mondo" Duplantis (born 10 November 1999) is an American-born Swedish pole vaulter and the current world record holder with a height of 6.18 metres. 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), and the silver medal at the 2019 World Championships.

Life and career[edit]

Duplantis was born into an athletic family; his American father, Greg Duplantis, who is of Cajun descent,[2] 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.[3] His two older brothers, Andreas and Antoine, and his younger sister, Johanna, 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 before heading to Louisiana State University where he became the team's career hits leader in 2019.[4][5]

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Youth world record progression

Armand Duplantis first tried pole vaulting as a three-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.[6][7] 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.[6][8]


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.[9] 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.[10][11] 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.[12][13]


Duplantis cleared 5.49 m (18 ft ​12 in) at a high school meet in Baton Rouge on 6 February 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.[14][15] Emmanouil Karalis of Greece, the same age as Duplantis, broke his world marks with a 5.53 m jump only one week later.[16]


On 11 February 2017, at the Millrose Games, Duplantis jumped 5.75 m (18 ft 10 14 in) to set the World Indoor Junior Record.[17] 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 2 December 2017, USATF also ratified Duplantis' mark as the American Junior record.[18]


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)[19] and reached 6.05 metres (19 ft 10 in) at the 2018 European Athletics Championships. The 6.05 ranked him tied as the number 5 pole vaulter in history and tied for number 2 outdoors. [20]


Duplantis placed 2nd at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, clearing 5.97 m on his 3rd attempt.[citation needed]


On 4 February, Duplantis cleared 6.00 m indoors at his first competition of the season. He followed that up with three attempts at a new world record of 6.17 m. On his second attempt, he cleared the bar but brushed it off with his arm on the way back down.[21]

On 8 February, Duplantis broke Renaud Lavillenie's almost 6 year old world record with a jump of 6.17 m in Toruń, Poland.[22] A week later, on 15 February in Glasgow, he increased the record by another centimetre to 6.18 m.[23]

On 19 February, Duplantis won the Meeting Hauts de France Pas de Calais by clearing 6.07 m, after which he made three unsuccessful attempts at the new world record height of 6.19 m. A few days later, on 23 February, Duplantis won the All Star Perche in Clermont-Ferrand by clearing 6.01 m in his last indoor competition for the season which ended with new unsuccessful attempts at 6.19 m. On 14 July, he received a scholarship from Swedish Crown Princess Victoria.[24]

On 17 September at the Rome Golden Gala Pietro Mennea Diamond League, Duplantis broke Sergey Bubka's outdoor world best of 6.14 m, with a second-attempt clearance of 6.15 m. Note that the IAAF does not recognize the indoor and outdoor pole vault as separate events; Duplantis already holds the world record at 6.18 m from his indoor clearance in February 2020.

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 6.05 m WU20R
2019 Southeastern Conference Track and Field Championships Fayetteville, Arkansas 6.00 m (NCAA record)[25]
World Championships Doha, Qatar 2nd 5.97 m
2020 World Athletics Indoor Tour Torun, Poland 1st 6.17 m WR
World Athletics Indoor Tour Glasgow, Scotland 6.18 m WR
Diamond League Rome, Italy 6.15 m WB



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  4. ^ Andreas Duplantis at Tilastopaja (registration required)
  5. ^ Randy Rosetta (13 July 2015). "LSU freshman Antoine Duplantis meshes strong mental approach with athleticism as he steps into a chance to compete". Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  6. ^ a b Johanna Gretschel (14 January 2015). "National freshman PV record holder Armand Duplantis wants the world". MileSplit. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  7. ^ Dave Krider (11 August 2010). "Louisiana's 10-year-old pole vault prodigy". MaxPreps. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  8. ^ Øystein Jarlsbo (18 May 2015). "Pål (13) feiret 17. mai som verdensrekordholder i stav" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Lafayette High pole vaulter Armand Duplantis named Gatorade Louisiana Track & Field Athlete of the Year". The Advocate. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Stavhoppartalang valde Sverige och Avesta" (in Swedish). Dala-Demokraten. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  11. ^ Ludvig Holmberg (2 June 2015). "Supertalangen byter landslag till Sverige". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  12. ^ Pontus Roos (20 July 2015). "Sveriges nya supertalang fixade guld direkt". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  13. ^ Cathal Dennehy (19 July 2015). "Boys' pole vault – IAAF World Youth Championships, Cali 2015". IAAF. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  14. ^ Johanna Gretschel (6 February 2016). "Mondo Duplantis Breaks Pole Vault National High School Record!". MileSplit. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  15. ^ Ludvig Holmberg (7 February 2016). "Svenska stortalangen slog världsrekordet". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  16. ^ Steven Mills (14 February 2016). "Kazmirek gets world-leading heptathlon total in Tallinn – indoor round-up". IAAF. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  17. ^ "IAAF: Wilson, Hassan and Okolo shine on night of world leads and records at Millrose Games- News -". Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  18. ^
  19. ^ "IAAF: Record Books rewritten in Clermont - Ferrand and College Station -". Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Experten: Så högt var Duplantis guldhopp". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  21. ^ "Armand Duplantis comes close to world record in Düsseldorf". 4 February 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  22. ^ "Armand Duplantis sets pole vault world record in Poland". BBC News. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  23. ^ "Armand Duplantis: Pole vaulter sets new world record at Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix". BBC Sport. 15 February 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  24. ^ tellerreport (10 June 2020). "Duplantis Victoria Scholarship". Sportbladet. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  25. ^ "Duplantis vaults collegiate record of 6.00m in Fayetteville". 12 May 2019. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  26. ^ "Mondo Duplantis - 2019 - Track & Field". LSU Tigers. Retrieved 8 February 2020.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Renaud Lavillenie
Men's pole vault world record holder
8 February 2020 -
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Noah Lyles
Track & Field News High School Boys Athlete of the Year
2017, 2018
Succeeded by
Matthew Boling