Belgrade. Sweden’s Armand Duplantis improved his world pole vault record by beating the 6.20-meter bar, on Sunday in Belgrade, as he won his first world indoor title.
The previous world record for the Swede (6.19) was set just two weeks ago in the same room in the Serbian capital.
The Olympic champion beat Brazil’s Thiago Braz (5.95m) and American Chris Nielsen (5.90m) on the podium for the final on Sunday with silver and bronze medals, respectively.
After securing gold in the competition, Duplantis faced the challenge of breaking his own record. He managed to break the 6.20 barrier on the third and final attempt, and shook Stark Arena in Belgrade.
This is the third time Duplantis has improved his world record since he took it from France’s Renaud Lavillenie in February 2020.
Duplantis has never achieved World Cup gold yet, neither indoors nor outdoors.
Add this new success to gold medals at the Olympic Games in 2021, the European Outdoor Games in 2018, and the European Indoor Championships in 2021.
His next big challenge will be the World Outdoor Cup in Eugene (USA), which will take place from July 15-24.
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