Duplantis improved the pole vault record to 622 cm

Duplantis improved the pole vault record to 622 cm

>> Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis pictured on July 24, 2022.

Clermond-Ferrand (France) – Armand Duplantis broke his own pole vault world record at a specialized indoor meet in Clermond-Ferrand with a power of 622 centimeters. The twenty-three-year-old Swede improved the absolute maximum by one centimeter. The Czech representative Amálie Švábíková won the women's competition with a jump of over 466 cm. She was six centimeters short of her national record from the recent home championship in Ostrava.

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Duplantis' previous record had been valid since last year's world championship in Eugene, under the roof the reigning Olympic champion had so far jumped 620 cm. A year ago, he won the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade with this performance.

In France today, he first secured victory in the competition with a jump of over 601 cm and then immediately had the bar set to a record height. Twice he tried unsuccessfully to set the historical record, but the third time the bar remained on the racks.

This season, Duplantis attacked the record right at the first start in Uppsala, where he exceeded 610 cm, then he failed even in Berlin (606). The last time he jumped 601 cm in Liévin, he has now added the 60th six-meter performance in his career. In Clermond-Ferrand, he robbed home star Renaud Lavillenie of the meeting record, from whom he already took the then world maximum (617) in 2020. Since then, Duplantis has fearlessly ruled the historical charts.

Švábíková was the only one to surpass 466 cm. She managed it on the first attempt, while on the previous two heights she corrected, 456 even twice. She won ahead of Margot Chevrier from home and Angelica Moser from Switzerland, who overcame 456 cm.