Armand Duplantis of Sweden won his first gold medal at the World Championships on Sunday by breaking his own pole vault world record with a leap of 6.21 meters.
The Olympic champion broke the championship record with a clearance of 6.06 meters, besting Dmitri Markov’s mark of 6.05 meters established in Edmonton in 2001.
The 22-year-old then focused on breaking his own mark of 6.20m, which he had established earlier this year at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, and did so with his second attempt, breaking it by 1cm.
In an on-track interview at Hayward Field, Duplantis said, “I truly appreciate you guys because I was starting to feel a little tired towards the end.
I adore living in Eugene, and this was fantastic.
Chris Nilsen of the United States won silver on a countback jump of 5.94 meters over Ernest John Obiena of the Philippines.