Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis sets a new world record for the second time as a 20-year-old 6.18m at indoor event in Glasgow to take home £ 23,000
- Armand Duplantis broke his world record during the Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow
- The 20-year-old US-born Swede achieved a record of 6.17 m in Poland last week
- But he broke that Saturday by releasing 6.18m in Scotland
- And Duplantis took home a £ 23,000 check for his brilliant achievement
The search for the next big star in athletics is always intense when there is an Olympic Games on the horizon.
And in the Swede Armand Duplantis, born in the United States, the sport may be looking at yet another smart talent that could create an unprecedented piece of history.
The 20-year-old showed that he had made another big step after breaking his own pole vault world record by reaching 6.18 m on Saturday at the Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow.
Armand Duplantis broke his own pole vault world record on Saturday
The 20-year-old US-born Swede has made history by reaching 6.18 m during the Indoor Grand Prix
The performance came after Duplantis had freed up the space with room to save and in a lazy way
The performance came just a week after the world silver medalist struck the previous 6.16m French marker Renaud Lavillenie – set in February 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine – by wiping 6.17m in Torun, Poland.
It was Duplantis’ first attempt at the peak, and after he cleared it up lazily and with room to save, he received $ 30,000 (£ 23,000) for his performance.
However, the records he has set over the past two weeks have not prevented Duplantis from dreaming of further success in Tokyo this summer.
“There are many reasons why this event is so complicated and so many things make a good jump,” Duplantis told BBC Sport.
As a result of his performance, Duplantis took home a check for £ 23,000
“So many years of hard work go into this, but if you do it right, it seems simple.”
‘I can safely say that I feel good, I feel fast and strong on the runway. I’m excited for the off-season and I want to be the best at the Olympics. ”
Duplantis, who was born in Louisiana, but then chose to represent his mother’s native Sweden, is nicknamed “Mondo” and had already released 5.90m at the age of 17.
He is also coached by the American father Greg, who was polevaulter herself, while mother Helena is a former heptathlete and volleyball star.
It came just a week after he had set the previous world record of 6.17 m in Torun, Poland