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Mondo Duplantis wins the gold medal at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest

On August 26, Mondo Duplantis of Sweden won the gold medal in the men’s pole vault competition at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Mondo Duplantis wins the gold medal at the 2023 World Athletics Championships
Mondo Duplantis wins the gold medal at the 2023 World Athletics Championships. Photo Credit: Joerg Oegerli
Mondo Duplantis wins the gold medal at the 2023 World Athletics Championships. Photo Credit: Joerg Oegerli

On August 26, Mondo Duplantis of Sweden won the gold medal in the men’s pole vault competition at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Duplantis cleared 6.10 meters on his first attempt, which was sufficient for the gold medal win. He also cleared his previous heights (6.05 meters, 6.00 meters, 5.95 meters, 5.85 meters, and 5.55 meters) all of his first try as well.

Mondo Duplantis at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest
Mondo Duplantis at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest. Photo Credit: Joerg Oegerli

Duplantis also took three attempts for a new world record in the men’s pole vault (6.23 meters) with no further success; however, his 6.10 meter clearance was more than enough to secure him the gold medal in Budapest.

Mondo Duplantis at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest.
Mondo Duplantis at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest. Photo Credit: Joerg Oegerli

Ernest John (EJ) Obiena of the Philippines finished in second place with a new personal best and a new Asian record of six meters, which he cleared on his second attempt.

American athlete Chris Nilsen and Australian pole vaulter Kurtis Marschall both tied for third place with 5.95 meters, which was a season best and a personal best respectively.

Ironically enough, in the women’s pole vault competition, American Katie Moon and Australian Nina Kennedy tied for the gold medal with 4.90 meters, so it was neat to see an America/Australia tie in the podium once again for the men.

As a result, Duplantis won his second consecutive outdoor world championship. Last year, Duplantis won the gold medal at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene, Oregon, setting a world record at the time with 6.21 meters.

To learn more about world record holder and Swedish pole vaulter 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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