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Mondo Duplantis wins at World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting in Karlsruhe

On January 28, Olympic gold medalist pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis won at the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting in Karlsruhe.

Mondo Duplantis
Mondo Duplantis. Photo Credit: Joerg Oegerli
Mondo Duplantis. Photo Credit: Joerg Oegerli

On January 28, Olympic gold medalist pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis won the men’s pole vault competition at the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting in Karlsruhe. Digital Journal has the recap.

Duplantis made quite a season debut in Karlsruhe, which is one of the seven World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meetings this year. He became the first pole vaulter in history to clear the six-meter mark, with a clearance of 6.02 meters, and he set a new meeting record in doing so.

A 22-year-old athlete, Duplantis cleared 6.02 meters on his first attempt, and even tried 6.19 meters three times for a new world record with no subsequent success; however, he was able to obliterate Renaud Lavillenie’s prior meeting record of 5.95 meters.

Mondo Duplantis
Mondo Duplantis. Photo Credit: Joerg Oegerli

Duplantis cleared all of his previous vaults on his first attempt, which included such heights as 5.89 meters, 5.71 meters, and 5.51 meters.

American pole vaulter KC Lightfoot finished in second place with a clearance of 5.89 meters, which he accomplished on his third and final attempt. Lightfoot also tried 5.96 meters three times with no success.

KC Lightfoot
KC Lightfoot. Photo Credit: Joerg Oegerli

At the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games, Lightfoot was tied in fourth place with Emmanuel Karalis, where they both cleared 5.80 meters.

To learn more about Mondo Duplantis, follow him on Instagram.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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