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Review: Mondo Duplantis smashes collegiate record, new world leader (Includes first-hand account)

Duplantis was able to clear 5.92 meters at the SEC Indoors Championship hosted in Fayetteville, Arkansas, which was enough to secure him a first place win, as well as a new collegiate (NCAA) record.

With this impressive jump, Duplantis reclaims his world-leading mark this indoor season in the men’s pole vault. He was able to surpass Sam Kendricks‘ previous world-leading mark of 5.90 meters, by two centimeters.

Duplantis told reporters that it was “fantastic” for him to achieve this mark. He had the collegiate record in the back of his mind throughout his SEC Indoors Championship competition. His first goal was to claim the gold medal, and once he conquered that, he subsequently attempted the collegiate record and cleared it successfully.

This is a new personal best for Duplantis at the indoor track and field level. His previous personal best was 5.88 meters. At the outdoor level, his personal best is 6.05 meters, which he accomplished last summer at the European Championships.

Read More: Mondo Duplantis chatted with Digital Journal this past December about his plans for the future.

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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