High school track season just started, but Lafayette (Louisiana) High School pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis has already broken the world junior record. Last weekend at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, Duplantis cleared 19 feet, 4.25 inches (5.90 meters.)
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The 17-year-old beat the previous world junior record by 10 cm, and he broke a handful of other records, including the world under-20 record; the world age-17 record; the Swedish senior record; and the U.S. high school record. His jump was high enough to have won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics. The last time a world title was won with a vault higher than 5.90 m was back in 2001.
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Here’s the jump in slow motion.
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Duplantis also defeated world champion Shawn Barber of Canada. Because of his mother’s heritage, Duplantis will be competing for Sweden in the future. He has already been named to Sweden’s team for the IAAF World Championships in London.
Duplantis’s vault is the highest so far this year, but don’t be surprised if you see him break even more records later in the season.