Duplantis soars 20 feet, 4 inches to capture IAAF World Championships

PHOTO BY: World Athletics.org

Belgrade, Serbia – Former LSU All-American Mondo Duplantis won his first career indoor world title in stunning fashion by bettering his own world record on Sunday at the 2022 IAAF World Championships.

Duplantis, representing Sweden in the event, set the world record on his third and final try at a height of 20 feet, 4 inches to cap off the world meet. His previous world record, that he set on March 7 at Stark Arena, lasted all of 14 days. The mark is of course a meeting record and one that might not ever be bettered unless Mondo does it himself.

Duplantis initially secured the world indoor title after his clearance of 19-10 1/2 as Thiago Braz of Brazil was unable to clear that bar but earned silver in the meantime. Duplantis made the win look pedestrian as he only cleared five bars en route to victory. He opened with massive clearances over bars of 18’ 4.50” (5.60 meters), 19’ 2.25” (5.85 meters), and 19’ 6.25” (5.95 meters) before his aforementioned bar of 19’ 10.25”.

LSU track and field alums secured two medals at this world indoor meet with Mikiah Brisco winning the 60-meter dash on Friday (6.99).

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