Mondo Duplantis, the world record holder in the pole vault (6.23m), was unable to go higher than 5.92m. It is the first time since May 2021 that “Mondo” has had two competitions without clearing six meters. Armand Duplantis at the Uppsala meeting. The world record holder in pole vault Mondo Duplantis remained stuck at 5.92 meters on Tuesday evening at the indoor meeting in Uppsala, Sweden, failing for the second time in a row to clear the symbolic 6 meters bar.
The 24-year-old Swede, who last summer set the world record at 6.23 meters, cleared the initial bars with ease (5.67m, 5.82m and then 5.92m on the first attempt) before stumbling three times at 6.02m despite good attempts. It is the first time since May 2021 that “Mondo” has had two competitions without clearing 6 meters, a symbolic bar that he has completely trivialized for the past four years. Like in Astana, Duplantis still won the competition on Tuesday just ahead of the American KC Lightfoot (5.92 meters, separated by attempts). Thibaut Collet, who finished 5th at the World Championships in Budapest last summer, equaled his indoor record by clearing 5.82 meters and narrowly missed 5.92 meters.
Duplantis is expected to compete at the end of February in Clermont-Ferrand (France) for the “All Star Perche” meeting, organized by his close friend Renaud Lavillenie, and should conclude his indoor season with the World Championships in Glasgow at the beginning of March. Meanwhile, Thibaut Collet will jump again on Saturday in Liévin in northern France.