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20-year-old breaks pole vault world record for the second time in a week

Sweden’s pole vault starlet Armand Duplantis smashed his own indoor world record with an astonishing jump of 6.18 metres to secure top spot in the men’s pole vault final on what was a stellar day of athletics at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow in the Emirates Arena.

Fresh from clearing 6.17 metres in Torun last weekend, man of the moment Duplantis came to Glasgow looking to better his own record and put on an incredible performance in front of the sold-out crowd.

Having sailed clear at 6.01m, the Swede turned on the style to break his own world indoor record with room to spare, sending the Glasgow crowd into raptures.

He said: “How can I complain, it just feels so good. I felt like I was over it and once I was going over, I knew I had it. You can’t tell how far away you are from the bar, but it felt like a good jump from the get go. I tried a stiffer pole and it worked out. 

“It's the best little split second. Everything builds up to that little split second and the freefall was magical.

“It's unfair to think I'll break it every time I compete. I don't think about it too much. You don't need to break a record to win every comp. I want to win and that's always the goal but firstly you've got to win and if I have the energy left then I'll crank it up a bit.”

American Sam Kendricks cleared a best of 5.75m as he took second position, with Belgium’s Ben Broeders setting a Belgian national record, clearing the same height but taking third spot on countback.


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