Armand Duplantis Breaks Own Pole Vault World Record with 6.24m Leap in China

Armand Duplantis, the Swedish pole vault sensation, sets a new world record of 6.24m, his 8th record-breaking performance, captivating audiences and elevating the sport's profile ahead of the Paris Olympics.

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Armand Duplantis Breaks Own Pole Vault World Record with 6.24m Leap in China

Armand Duplantis Breaks Own Pole Vault World Record with 6.24m Leap in China

Armand Duplantis, the Swedish pole vault sensation, set a new world record of 6.24 meters at the season-opening Diamond League meet in Xiamen, China on April 22, 2024. The 24-year-old Olympic and two-time world champion surpassed his own previous record of 6.23 meters, which he had set just seven months ago in September 2023 at the Diamond League final in Eugene, Oregon.

Duplantis, known as "Mondo" in the athletics world, entered the competition at 5.62 meters and cleared 5.82 and 6.00 meters on his first attempts. With the victory already secured as his last remaining competitor Sam Kendricks of the United States failed at 6.00 meters, Duplantis chose to raise the bar to 6.24 meters. He successfully cleared the new world record height on his very first attempt, sending the Xiamen crowd into a frenzy.

"I went into the competition with high expectations and everything came together perfectly for me to achieve the new record," Duplantis said after his historic performance. "The amazing track, great weather, and energetic crowds set the stage. I rarely achieve exceptional results in training sessions lacking the enthusiasm of audience participation, so the fans' support was significant."

This marks the eighth time Duplantis has broken the pole vault world record, with his first coming in February 2020 when he cleared 6.17 meters in Torun, Poland. He has now vaulted a staggering eight centimeters higher than anyone else in history. Duplantis celebrated his latest feat by jumping off the mat and running to embrace his team and acknowledge the cheering spectators.

Why this matters: Duplantis' continued dominance and record-breaking performances are elevating the pole vault event to new heights, generating increased interest and excitement in track and field. As the Paris Olympic Games approach, all eyes will be on the young Swede to see just how high he can soar on the world's biggest stage.

Key Takeaways

  • Armand Duplantis set a new pole vault world record of 6.24m in Xiamen, China.
  • This is Duplantis' 8th time breaking the world record, with his first in 2020.
  • Duplantis is a 24-year-old Olympic and 2-time world champion in pole vault.
  • Duplantis' continued dominance is elevating pole vault's popularity ahead of Paris 2024.
  • Duplantis credited the amazing track, weather, and enthusiastic crowd for his record.