Armand Duplantis

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August 19, 2022

Armand "Mondo" Duplantis (born November 10, 1999 in Lafayette) - Swedish athlete specializing in pole vault. Olympic champion (2021), gold medalist of the European Championship (2018), world champion (2022), indoor European champion (2021), indoor world champion (2022). He has twice won medals at the Junior World Championships, he was also the Junior World Champion. NCAA champion and Swedish international in the traditional track and field game against Finland, Finnkampen. Since 2022, the absolute world record holder in pole vault with a result of 6.21 and the holder of the best result in the history in the hall - 6.20. He comes from an athletic family. In the past, his father, the American Greg Duplantis, also used the pole vault. In turn, her mother Helena (née Hedlund) comes from Sweden, in her youth she practiced seven-track athletics, and represented her country at the European Junior Championships in Schwechat (1983). His older brother Andreas (born 1993) also trained pole vault. His idol and later mentor is Renaud Lavillenie. In his youth, Duplantis had a poster in his room with the autograph of the then world record holder in pole vault, whom he met at the age of 13.

Curriculum vitae

Beginnings

In the garden of the family house there was a ski jump, and as a child Armand Duplantis used it from an early age. At the age of 7, he used specially prepared poles and wanted to compete in competitions. Already 3 years earlier, when he was only 4 years old, he dreamed of breaking the world record. He set the best results in the history of 7-year-olds (2.33) and 12-year-olds (3.97). In July 2015, when he was only 15 years old, he became the world junior junior champion in Cali (Colombia), with the result of 5.30, setting a record of the competition.

2016–2019

The 2016 season began with indoor starts, in which he improved the best result in the world in the U18 category three times, bringing it to the level of 5.49. In the summer he set a personal best of 5.51, and at the junior world championship, played at the stadium. Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak in Bydgoszcz, he won the bronze medal jumping 5.45. On February 11, 2017, during the Millrose Games, he broke the world record for juniors with a jump of 5.75. Exactly a month later, also in New York, he improved this result, reaching 5.82 - and on April 1, already starting at the stadium - he obtained 5.90. In July 2017, he won the gold medal of the European Junior Championships for Sweden, and in August he was ninth at the World Athletics Championships in London. On February 25, 2018, during the competition in Clermont-Ferrand, organized by the then world record holder Renaud Lavilleni, with the result of 5.88 he set the junior indoor world record. He finished seventh at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham. After returning to the USA on March 31 in Austin with a result of 5.92 and on May 5 in Baton Rouge with a result of 5.93 he improved the junior world record. On July 14 in Tampere (Finland) he became the junior world champion. A month later, on August 12, he unexpectedly became the European champion in Berlin, setting a record of the competition with the result of 6.05 m. On May 11, 2019, he scored 6.00 at the National Collegiate Athletic Association local championship in Fayetteville, Arkansas. In early June 2019, he quit his studies at the University of Louisiana because he could not combine his studies with professional sports. In the summer he already took part in commercial meetings of the Diamond League, and on August 24, during the traditional match between Sweden and Finland at the Olympic stadium in Stockholm, he again scored 6.00. In connection with the preparations for the start in this event, he resigned from representing Sweden during the super league of the European team championship in Bydgoszcz (at the beginning of August). At the beginning of September, he won the pole vault competition during the match between Europe and the USA in Minsk, and on October 1 the champion won the silver medal