Duplantis misses record, aims for Olympic title

July 9, 2024 5:54 am

Sweden's Armand Duplantis celebrates after winning the men's pole vault final [Source: Reuters]

Olympic pole vault champion Armand Duplantis secured victory at the Paris Diamond League meet with his first attempt on Sunday and while he failed to break his own world record he said his preparations for the Paris Games are on the right track.

The Swede, who broke the world record for the eighth time with a vault of 6.24 metres in April’s Xiamen Diamond League meet, cleared 6.00 with his first attempt. His closest challenger, American Sam Kendricks, cleared 5.95.

Duplantis had three failed attempts at 6.25, though conditions did not help.

Article continues after advertisement

Asked if the windy weather was a factor he said: “I just probably needed a tiny bit more grip a little bit more depth. It’s very difficult and it demands for me to be pretty much perfect to make a world record.