Armand "Mondo" Duplantis Mondo Wins 2020 Opener, Nearly Sets World Record

“It almost brought a tear to my eye ‘cause you’re looking at it, and you think this is it, this is the world record,” Armand “Mondo” Duplantis said in an interview with World Athletics after the meet.

“My whole life, I wanted to be the world record holder. I didn’t make it of course, but just to be attempting it is a cool moment.”

The 6.00m clearance is a world lead, Swedish indoor record, a Dusseldorf meeting record and it is tied for sixth on the all-time indoor list. The bigger story though was the three attempts, specifically the second, that he took at what would have been the world record of 6.17 meters. On attempt No. 2 at the world record height, Mondo manoeuvred his body over the bar and had looked to clear it only to have his right forearm graze the bar and bring it down with him.

The performance caught the eye of Frenchman and current world record holder Renaud Lavillenie, who owns the world record with a career-best of 6.16 meters (20’ 2.50”). Lavillenie tweeted, “Have to be ready soon for it, I guess.” He also added a hashtag of #givememoretimeplease.

Mondo cleared bars of 5.40 meters, 5.55 meters, 5.70 meters, 5.80 meters, 5.90 meters, and 5.95 meters before he progressed to the six-metre bar. Mondo will continue his 2020 indoor season on Saturday at the Orlen Copernicus Cup meeting in Torun, Poland.

Mondo was a 2x SEC champion, 2019 NCAA indoor champion, and set both the indoor and outdoor collegiate records during his only collegiate season with LSU in 2019.

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