Armand Duplantis

Armand "Mondo" Duplantis (born November 10, 1999) is a Swedish-American pole vaulter. Duplantis won gold as a 15 year old in the boys' pole vault at the 2015 World Youth Championships and holds a number of age group world bests. He won the gold medal at the 2018 European Championships with a height of 6.05 metres, a new under-20s world record.

Armand Duplantis
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Personal information
BornNovember 10, 1999 (age 19)
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) [1]
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
Country Sweden
Event(s)Pole vault
Coached byGreg Duplantis
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Indoor: 5.88 m (2018) WU20R
Outdoor: 6.05 m (2018) WU20R

Life and career

Duplantis was born into an athletic family; his American father, Greg Duplantis, is a former pole vaulter with a personal best of 5.80 m (19 ft  ​14 in), while his Swedish mother Helena (née Hedlund) is a former heptathlete and volleyball player.[2] His two older brothers, Andreas and Antoine, also took up sports; Andreas represented Sweden as a pole vaulter at the 2009 World Youth Championships and 2012 World Junior Championships, while Antoine dropped pole vault for baseball in high school.[3][4]

Armand Duplantis first tried pole vaulting as a four-year-old at the family's home in Lafayette, Louisiana, and took to the event rapidly; he set his first age group world best at age 7, and his jump of 3.86 m (12 ft 8 in) as a ten-year-old surpassed the previous world bests for ages 11 and 12 as well.[5][6] As of July 2015, he holds the world best in all age groups from age 7 to age 12; he held the age 13 record until it was broken in May 2015.[5][7]


In 2015, his freshman year at Lafayette High School, Duplantis set national freshman records both indoors and outdoors and was named Gatorade Louisiana Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.[8] As a citizen of both the United States and Sweden, Duplantis could have chosen to vault for either country internationally; in June 2015 it was announced that he had selected Sweden.[9][10] Duplantis represented Sweden for the first time at the 2015 World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia; he won gold on countback with a first-attempt clearance of 5.30 m (17 ft ​4 12 in), improving his personal best by two centimeters and setting a new championship record.[11][12]


Duplantis cleared 5.49 m (18 ft ​12 in) at a high school meet in Baton Rouge on February 6, 2016, setting a new age 16 world best, world indoor youth best and national high school indoor record; he was the first high school athlete to vault 18 feet indoors.[13][14] Emmanouil Karalis of Greece, the same age as Duplantis, broke his world marks with a 5.53 m jump only one week later.[15]


On February 11, 2017, at the Millrose Games, Duplantis jumped 5.75 m (18 ft 10 14 in) to set the World Indoor Junior Record.[16] That mark was ratified by IAAF. A month later he improved to 5.82 m in the same facility at the New Balance National Scholastic Championships. That mark was not ratified due to incorrect peg lengths being used. On 1 April 2017, Duplantis jumped 5.90 m at the Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, improving his personal record and setting a new World Junior Record. The jump also became a Swedish senior record by 3 cm. While the IAAF recognized the record with Duplantis representing Sweden, on December 2, 2017, USATF also ratified Duplantis' mark as the American Junior record.[17]


Duplantis began his 2018 season by improving upon the World Indoor Junior Record by jumping 5.83 at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada. He later improved his indoor record to 5.88 metres (19 ft 3 in)[18] and reached 6.05 metres (19 ft 10 in) at the 2018 European Athletics Championships. The 6.05 ranks him tied as the #4 pole vaulter in history and tied for #2 outdoors.

Competition records

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2015 World U18 Championships Cali, Colombia 1st 5.30 m CR
2016 World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 3rd 5.45 m
2017 European U20 Championships Grosseto, Italy 1st 5.65 m CR
World Championships London, United Kingdom 9th 5.50 m
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 8th 5.70 m
World U20 Championships Tampere, Finland 1st 5.82 m CR
European Championships Berlin, Germany 1st 6.05 m WU20R


  1. ^ "European Athletics". Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  2. ^ Raymond A. Partsch III (March 4, 2015). "Pole vaulter Armand Duplantis clearing new heights". The Advocate. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  3. ^ Andreas Duplantis at Tilastopaja (registration required)
  4. ^ Randy Rosetta (July 13, 2015). "LSU freshman Antoine Duplantis meshes strong mental approach with athleticism as he steps into a chance to compete". Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Johanna Gretschel (January 14, 2015). "National freshman PV record holder Armand Duplantis wants the world". MileSplit. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  6. ^ Dave Krider (August 11, 2010). "Louisiana's 10-year old pole vault prodigy". MaxPreps. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  7. ^ Øystein Jarlsbo (May 18, 2015). "Pål (13) feiret 17. mai som verdensrekordholder i stav" (in Norwegian). Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  8. ^ "Lafayette High pole vaulter Armand Duplantis named Gatorade Louisiana Track & Field Athlete of the Year". The Advocate. July 10, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  9. ^ "Stavhoppartalang valde Sverige och Avesta" (in Swedish). Dala-Demokraten. June 3, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  10. ^ Ludvig Holmberg (June 2, 2015). "Supertalangen byter landslag till Sverige" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  11. ^ Pontus Roos (July 20, 2015). "Sveriges nya supertalang fixade guld direkt" (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  12. ^ Cathal Dennehy (July 19, 2015). "Boys' pole vault – IAAF World Youth Championships, Cali 2015". IAAF. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  13. ^ Johanna Gretschel (February 6, 2016). "Mondo Duplantis Breaks Pole Vault National High School Record!". MileSplit. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  14. ^ Ludvig Holmberg (February 7, 2016). "Svenska stortalangen slog världsrekordet" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  15. ^ Steven Mills (February 14, 2016). "Kazmirek gets world-leading heptathlon total in Tallinn – indoor round-up". IAAF. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  16. ^ "IAAF: Wilson, Hassan and Okolo shine on night of world leads and records at Millrose Games- News -". Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  17. ^
  18. ^ "IAAF: Record Books rewritten in Clermont - Ferrand and College Station -". Retrieved 12 August 2018.

External links

2015 World Youth Championships in Athletics

The 2015 World Youth Championships in Athletics was the ninth edition of the biennial international athletics competition for youth (under-18) athletes. The five-day competition took place between 15–19 July at the Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero stadium in Cali, Colombia. Eligible athletes were aged 16 or 17 on 31 December 2015 (born in 1998 or 1999).

2016 IAAF World U20 Championships – Men's pole vault

The men's pole vault event at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships was held at Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak Stadium on 21 and 23 July.

2017 World Championships in Athletics – Men's pole vault

The men's pole vault at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Olympic Stadium on 6 and 8 August.

2018 European Athletics Championships – Men's pole vault

The men's pole vault at the 2018 European Athletics Championships took place at the Olympic Stadium on 10 and 12 August.

2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships – Men's pole vault

The men's pole vault at the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships took place on 4 March 2018.

2018 IAAF World U20 Championships – Men's pole vault

The men's pole vault at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships was held at Ratina Stadium on 11 and 14 July.


Duplantis is a surname shared by several notable people:

Armand Duplantis (born 1999), American-Swedish pole vaulter

Jesse Duplantis (born 1949), American Evangelical Charismatic Christian minister

Steve Duplantis (1972–2008), Canadian professional golf caddy

European Athlete of the Month

The European Athlete of the Month is an award that can be won by athletes participating in events within the sport of athletics organised by the European Athletic Association (EAA). Starting in 2007, including athletics events.

European Athletics U20 Championships

The European Athletics U20 Championships (formerly named the European Athletics Junior Championships up to 2015) are the European championships for athletes who are 19 years of age or under, which is the age range recognised by the IAAF as junior athletes. The event is currently organized by the European Athletic Association.

The history of the biennial athletics competition stems from the European Junior Games, which was first held in 1964. The event was first sanctioned by the continental governing body, the European Athletic Association at the following edition in 1966 and after a third edition under the games moniker it was renamed to its current title.

List of European junior records in athletics

European junior records in the sport of athletics are ratified by the European Athletics Association (EAA). Athletics records comprise the best performance of an athlete before the year of their 20th birthday. Technically, in all under-20 age divisions, the age is calculated "on December 31 of the year of competition" to avoid age group switching during a competitive season.

List of Swedish records in athletics

The following are the national records in athletics in Sweden maintained by its national athletics federation: Svenska Friidrottsförbundet (SF).

List of United States high school national records in track and field

This is a list of the outdoor national records in the sport of track and field at the United States high school level.

While these records have been compiled for over 100 years, there are varying standards for these records. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) compiles records based only upon competitions its state affiliates sanction. Those would be scholastic dual meets, high school only invitationals and championship meets up through the individual state championships.

Track and Field News (T&FN) has tracked records by any American high school students, in any competition until they enter college. These records include marks made in open competition against higher level competitors, post season meets and international competition up until August 31 following their high school graduation.Since there are no national championships in high school competition, post state championship meets that proclaim such a position are not sanctioned by the NFHS and thus fall only under the T&FN guidelines.

Additionally, high school competition is conducted under slightly different rules. Those have evolved over time. For example, in 1980, high schools converted their running distances from Imperial (yards) to metric, but instead of running conventional international distances like 1500 metres in place of the mile run, a more equitable but non-standard 1600 meters was chosen. For the 2 mile run, they run the 3200 meters. For the long hurdle race, they run 300 meters instead of the 400 metres hurdles. Some states ran over lower hurdle heights for a period of time. In field events, the boys throw different weights of their implements as compared with international open division or the more comparable junior division implements. Some states throw javelin or hammer, while the majority do not. Over time, this has resulted in statisticians collecting results and performing conversions as athletes have run different distances, jumped different hurdles and thrown different weights. Invitational meets have offered an assortment of legacy events and an array of relays, which allow each new generation of athlete a legitimate opportunity to compete in all these events, effectively keeping all records relevant and contemporary.

On this list, marks listed as the NFHS record with no other marks listed for that event, are the universally accepted record in the current official events.

List of United States junior records in athletics

United States Junior records in athletics are the best marks set in an event by an athlete who holds American citizenship and who has not yet reached their 20th birthday in the given year of competition. As of August 2018 these records are not exclusive to athletes who compete for the United States in international competition. Official records are kept and ratified by United States Track and Field.

Oscar Janson

Oscar Janson (born 22 July 1975) is a Swedish pole vaulter.

He finished ninth at the 2002 European Athletics Championships, and competed at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships without reaching the final.

His personal best is 5.87 metres, achieved in June 2003 in Somero. This was the Swedish record until April 1, 2017, when Armand Duplantis passed 5.90 metres.

Pole Vault Summit

The Pole Vault Summit, alternatively called the National Pole Vault Summit, by the sponsor's named UCS Spirit National Pole Vault Summit or geographically the Reno Pole Vault Summit is an annual festival of pole vaulting. Since 2011, the event has been held in the Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center (a different venue from the Reno Events Center in downtown) located in Reno, Nevada. For the first twenty years of its existence, the event was held in a hotel ballroom, primarily at the Reno Hilton Hotel.Held in January, the indoor event features lectures, instruction, promoting safety in the sport of pole vaulting, and hosts competitions in all levels of pole vaulting from beginners to the elite. The event has been attended by a virtual who's who of the pole vault community. In 2018, Armand Duplantis set the world junior record in the competition. Shawnacy Barber joined the 6 meters club there in 2016.

Pole vault

Pole vaulting is a track and field event in which a person uses a long flexible pole (which today is usually made either of fiberglass or carbon fiber) as an aid to jump over a bar. Pole jumping competitions were known to the ancient Greeks, Cretans and Celts. It has been a full medal event at the Olympic Games since 1896 for men and since 2000 for women.

It is typically classified as one of the four major jumping events in athletics, alongside the high jump, long jump and triple jump. It is unusual among track and field sports in that it requires a significant amount of specialised equipment in order to participate, even at a basic level. A number of elite pole vaulters have had backgrounds in gymnastics, including world record breakers Yelena Isinbayeva and Brian Sternberg, reflecting the similar physical attributes required for the sports. Running speed, however, may be the most dominant factor.

Svenska idrottsgalan

Svenska idrottsgalan (Swedish Sports Award) is a show to honor the past year's Swedish sports and athletes' achievements. It is hosted annually at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm in early January. The event started in 2000.

Sweden at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics

Sweden competed at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics in London, United Kingdom, from 4–13 August 2017. 32 athletes were selected to compete for Sweden.

Sweden at the 2018 European Championships

Sweden competed at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany; and Glasgow, United Kingdom from 2 to 12 August 2018 in 7 sports.

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