Mondo Duplantis Sets New Pole Vault World Record

Former Lafayette High Mighty Lion and LSU Tiger Armand Duplantis has set a new World Record in the pole vault! The record-setter came Saturday in his sixth jump while competing at the World Athletics Indoor Tour in Torun, Poland.

In case you are curious, 6.17 meters converts to 20 feet 2.193 inches! The previous record of 6.16 meters was held since 2014 by Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie.

For a breakdown of Mondo’s extensive achievements, click here.

As many in Acadiana know, Mondo has chosen to compete for his mother’s native country of Sweden. His mom, Helena, can be seen hugging Mondo as he celebrates making history.

Mondo’s parents met while attending LSU. His father, Greg, was a track star for the Tigers and is Mondo’s coach. Helena played volleyball at LSU.

This milestone is what Duplantis hopes is just a start to a big year. The Olympics are slated to begin in late July in Tokyo, Japan.

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