TORUN, Poland (WAFB) - At only 20 years old, Former LSU track and field star Armand Duplantis has set a new record for the pole vault on Saturday, Feb. 8.
Duplantis cleared 6.17 meters (20′ 3″) at the Orlen Copernicus Cup, which is part of the World Athletics Indoor Tour.
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“I’ve wanted to break the world record since I was a baby,” Duplantis said. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet. I’m on cloud nine right now. There’s no secret to what I do; I just put in a lot of hard work. I can’t thank my parents enough for helping me to get to where I’m at now.”
Duplantis broke the previous record of 6.16 meters that was set by Renaud Lavillenie in 2014.
Duplantis, known widely as Mondo, has been selected to compete at the Tokyo Games and is a favorite to win the gold medal. He will represent his mother’s home country of Sweden.
Mondo has been called the ‘Tiger Woods of pole vaulting’ by the New York Times. He was the only high school vaulter to ever clear 19 feet - and he did it twice in one year at Lafayette High School.
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The Duplantis name is well known at LSU. Mondo’s older brother, Antoine Duplantis, was selected by the New York Mets in the 2019 MLB draft in the 12th round after batting a team-high .328 in his senior year. Antoine became LSU’s all-time hits leader in June of 2019.
“That didn’t take long," Antoine said on Twitter of his brother’s achievement.