Armand Duplantis of Sweden has set a new pole vault world record by clearing 6.15m on Saturday at the Orlen Copernicus Cup in Torun, Poland which is part of World Athletics Indoor Tour. Also Read - Run Adam Federation Cup 2018 to kick start tomorrow
Duplantis bettered the previous mark set by Renaud Lavillenie in Donetsk, Ukraine, in 2014, by one centimetre. Also Read - Unified Korea in Winter Oly march is incredible, says Bubka
Competing in just his second competition of the year, the 20-year-old, said it was a dream come true. “It’s something that I wanted since I was three years old,” Duplantis told World Athletics. “It’s a big year, but it’s a good way to start it. After that first attempt, I thought, ‘yeah, I just need two more attempts at this and I got it’. I was pretty confident that I had it.” Also Read - Russia voices regret at Olympic ban, awaits Putin verdict
Duplantis cleared the mark in his second attempt which was his sixth overall jump of the competition.
The five other starters in the field had cleared 5.52m but Duplantis went better with his first attempt clearances of 5.72m, 5.92 and 6.01m. And then, when he went for the 6.17m mark, he sent the bar crashing down but successfully cleared it in his next.
“I got to pick my heights. For this kind of situation where I could pick my heights and do whatever I wanted, and when I was ready to just put it up to 6.17m, it played well,” Duplantis said. “How do you explain a dream that’s been a dream since you were three years old? It’s a big dream, too. It’s not a little dream. And it’s a whole process building up to that moment. I can’t really get my head around it.”