US-born Swedish athlete Armand Duplantis has set a new world record of 6.17 metres(m) in men’s pole vault on February 8th, 2020 at an indoor meet in Poland.
The 20-year-old who bagged the silver at last year’s world championships in Doha, cleared the bar on his second attempt in Torun. He broke the previous record with 1 centimetre set by French vaulter Renaud Lavillenie(6.16m) in February 2014.
Expressing his happiness for the feat Duplantis said that this was something he wanted to do since he was 3 years old and the new record in the game is a good way to start the year.
Duplantis has been a child prodigy who continued to surpass the previous world bests. He holds the world best in all age groups from age 7-12. He held the age 13 record until it was broken in May 2015.
He bagged gold at the 2015 World Youth Championships and continued to win another gold 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.
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