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Armand "Mondo" Duplantis (born 10 November 1999) is an American-born Swedish pole vaulter. Duplantis won gold as a 15-year-old in the boys' pole vault at the 2015 World Youth Championships and holds a number of age group world bests. He won the gold medal at the 2018 European Championships with a height of 6.05 metres, a new under-20s world record and the silver medal at the 2019 World Championships.

Armand Duplantis
Armand Duplantis after his 6.0 m jump-1.jpg
Armand Duplantis jumps 6.0 meters in pole at Stockholm Stadium on 24 August 2019
Personal information
NationalitySwedish & American(dual citizenship)
Born (1999-11-10) 10 November 1999 (age 19)
Lafayette, United States
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight79 kg (174 lb)
Sport
CountrySweden
SportAthletics
Event(s)Pole vault
Coached byGreg Duplantis
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Indoor: 5.88 m (2018) WU20R
Outdoor: 6.05 m (2018) WU20R

Life and careerEdit

Duplantis was born into an athletic family; his American father, Greg Duplantis, is a former pole vaulter with a personal best of 5.80 m (19 ft  ​14 in), while his Swedish mother Helena (née Hedlund) is a former heptathlete and volleyball player.[2] His two older brothers, Andreas and Antoine, also took up sports; Andreas represented Sweden as a pole vaulter at the 2009 World Youth Championships and 2012 World Junior Championships, while Antoine dropped pole vault for baseball in high school before heading to LSU where he became the school's career hits leader in 2019.[3][4] Antoine is currently a player in the New York Mets organization.

Armand Duplantis first tried pole vaulting as a four-year-old at the family's home in Lafayette, Louisiana, and took to the event rapidly; he set his first age group world best at age 7, and his jump of 3.86 m (12 ft 8 in) as a ten-year-old surpassed the previous world bests for ages 11 and 12 as well.[5][6] As of July 2015, he holds the world best in all age groups from age 7 to age 12; he held the age 13 record until it was broken in May 2015.[5][7]

2015Edit

In 2015, his freshman year at Lafayette High School, Duplantis set national freshman records both indoors and outdoors and was named Gatorade Louisiana Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.[8] As a citizen of both the United States and Sweden, Duplantis could have chosen to vault for either country internationally; in June 2015 it was announced that he had selected Sweden.[9][10] Duplantis represented Sweden for the first time at the 2015 World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia; he won gold on countback with a first-attempt clearance of 5.30 m (17 ft ​4 12 in), improving his personal best by two centimeters and setting a new championship record.[11][12]

2016Edit

Duplantis cleared 5.49 m (18 ft ​12 in) at a high school meet in Baton Rouge on 6 February 2016, setting a new age 16 world best, world indoor youth best and national high school indoor record; he was the first high school athlete to vault 18 feet indoors.[13][14] Emmanouil Karalis of Greece, the same age as Duplantis, broke his world marks with a 5.53 m jump only one week later.[15]

2017Edit

On 11 February 2017, at the Millrose Games, Duplantis jumped 5.75 m (18 ft 10 14 in) to set the World Indoor Junior Record.[16] That mark was ratified by IAAF. A month later he improved to 5.82 m in the same facility at the New Balance National Scholastic Championships. That mark was not ratified due to incorrect peg lengths being used. On 1 April 2017, Duplantis jumped 5.90 m at the Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, improving his personal record and setting a new World Junior Record. The jump also became a Swedish senior record by 3 cm. While the IAAF recognized the record with Duplantis representing Sweden, on 2 December 2017, USATF also ratified Duplantis' mark as the American Junior record.[17]

2018Edit

 
European Championships Video Highlights

Duplantis began his 2018 season by improving upon the World Indoor Junior Record by jumping 5.83 at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada. He later improved his indoor record to 5.88 metres (19 ft 3 in)[18] and reached 6.05 metres (19 ft 10 in) at the 2018 European Athletics Championships. The 6.05 ranks him tied as the No. 4 pole vaulter in history and tied for No. 2 outdoors.

Competition recordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "European Athletics". Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  2. ^ Raymond A. Partsch III (4 March 2015). "Pole vaulter Armand Duplantis clearing new heights". The Advocate. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  3. ^ Andreas Duplantis at Tilastopaja (registration required)
  4. ^ Randy Rosetta (13 July 2015). "LSU freshman Antoine Duplantis meshes strong mental approach with athleticism as he steps into a chance to compete". NOLA.com. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  5. ^ a b Johanna Gretschel (14 January 2015). "National freshman PV record holder Armand Duplantis wants the world". MileSplit. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  6. ^ Dave Krider (11 August 2010). "Louisiana's 10-year-old pole vault prodigy". MaxPreps. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  7. ^ Øystein Jarlsbo (18 May 2015). "Pål (13) feiret 17. mai som verdensrekordholder i stav" (in Norwegian). vg.no. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Lafayette High pole vaulter Armand Duplantis named Gatorade Louisiana Track & Field Athlete of the Year". The Advocate. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Stavhoppartalang valde Sverige och Avesta" (in Swedish). Dala-Demokraten. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  10. ^ Ludvig Holmberg (2 June 2015). "Supertalangen byter landslag till Sverige". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  11. ^ Pontus Roos (20 July 2015). "Sveriges nya supertalang fixade guld direkt". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  12. ^ Cathal Dennehy (19 July 2015). "Boys' pole vault – IAAF World Youth Championships, Cali 2015". IAAF. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  13. ^ Johanna Gretschel (6 February 2016). "Mondo Duplantis Breaks Pole Vault National High School Record!". MileSplit. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  14. ^ Ludvig Holmberg (7 February 2016). "Svenska stortalangen slog världsrekordet". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  15. ^ Steven Mills (14 February 2016). "Kazmirek gets world-leading heptathlon total in Tallinn – indoor round-up". IAAF. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  16. ^ "IAAF: Wilson, Hassan and Okolo shine on night of world leads and records at Millrose Games- News - iaaf.org". iaaf.org. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  17. ^ http://www.usatf.org/usatf/files/48/48a09327-8d22-4be0-adc5-dd8bc3667e9c.pdf
  18. ^ "IAAF: Record Books rewritten in Clermont - Ferrand and College Station - iaaf.org". iaaf.org. Retrieved 12 August 2018.

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
Noah Lyles
Track & Field News High School Boys Athlete of the Year
2017, 2018
Incumbent