Duplantis improves world pole vault record to 6.18m in Glasgow

Armand Duplantis
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Sweden's Armand Duplantis upped his world pole vault record to 6.18m in Glasgow on Saturday (15) afternoon

Armand Duplantis broke the pole vault world record for the second Saturday running when he soared to an amazing 6.18m on his first attempt at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix this afternoon.

Just a week since smashing the mark with his 6.17m in Torun, the Swedish superstar soared over the bar with reams to spare in his first attempt at the new height. After that he packed his bags and bowed out. 

There is more in the tank without question and that will be for next time. He will compete midweek in Lievin and his last competition of the indoor season will be in Clermont-Ferrand next Sunday. For now, Duplantis had the full house at the Emirates Arena roaring as he produced another piece of athletics history.

As he landed, he stood to take the acclaim with his arms folded, taking in every milli-second of the moment. He said: “I feel good on the runway, strong and fast and working the poles I have really well. The Olympics is the biggest thing and that is where I want to have my best competition this season. I try to go 110 percent every time. 

“It is a complicated event, so many things going into making a great jump, so many years of hard work.”

In this Olympic year in which he will also defend his European title in Paris at the end of August, Duplantis was always going to be the man to beat - despite the inclusion of two-time world outdoor champion Sam Kendricks, who has also cleared 6.01m this indoor season, in the field. 

But now the 20-year-old is the man who his rivals look on in disbelief of their own, clapping as he made his way down the runway before launching himself to his latest world record height. Even more amazing was that he was waiting because of the women’s 400m final, a race which was then temporarily delayed because of a problem with the starting gun.

So Duplantis looked around, indicated he was ready to go and while it might not have been the preparation he was expecting, he was supreme in both take off and twisting execution. 

He had started with ease at 5.50m and then just got better, clearing 5.84m and 6.00m in fine style before the bar raised to 6.18m.

World pole vault progression 

6.07m Sergey Bubka, Shizuoka (6 May 1991)
6.08m Sergey Bubka, Moscow (9 June 1991)
6.09m Sergey Bubka, Formia (8 July 1991)
6.10m Sergey Bubka, Malmo (5 August 1991)
6.11m Sergey Bubka, Dijon (13 June 1992)
6.12m Sergey Bubka, Padua (30 August 1992)
6.13m Sergey Bubka, Tokyo (19 September 1992)
6.14m Sergey Bubka, Sestriere (31 July 1994)
6.16m Renaud Lavillenie, Donetsk (15 February 2014)
6.17m Armand Duplantis, Torun (8 February 2020)
6.18m Armand Duplantis, Glasgow (15 February 2020)