Pole vault world record holder Armand Duplantis cleared 5.80 meters on Saturday in Astana (Kazakhstan) but failed at 6 meters for his indoor return. The 24-year-old Swede, who last summer raised his world record to 6.23 meters, easily started his competition at 5.60 meters. But he then had to try twice to clear 5.80 meters and failed in his three attempts at 6 meters.
This is the first time since 2019, when he was not yet a world record holder, that “Mondo” has started a year under six meters. And indoors, he had always jumped 6 meters or more since February 2021 (5.86 m in Liévin). By clearing 5.80 m, he still won the competition in Astana, the first big meeting of the winter, ahead of Belgian Ben Broeders (5.70 m).
Duplantis continues at the beginning of February with the Uppsala meeting, at home in Sweden. He is then expected at the end of February in Clermont-Ferrand (France) for the “All Star Perche” meeting organized by his great friend Renaud Lavillenie and should conclude his indoor season with the world championships in Glasgow at the beginning of March.