Duplantis improves 2021 world leading mark clearing 6.10m in Belgrade

The Swedish pole vault phenom continues winning ways at the indoor meeting in Serbia and even tried to go for the world record.

By Alessandro Poggi

Mondo Duplantis has set a new world lead for this season.

After clearing 6.03m in Rouen, France early this month, the 21-year-old pole vault sensation soared over 6.10m at the Serbian Open Indoor Meeting 2021 in Belgrade on Wednesday (24 February) - a height that only he, Sergej Bubka and Renaud Lavillenie have managed to surpass.

It was the first competition in two weeks for Duplantis, who pulled out of his previous meeting in Lievin, France, due to a back injury.

"I feel as good as before," he said before the event in Belgrade.

The Swede passed 5.60m in his second attempt, then cleared 5.80, 6m and 6.10m at the first.

After setting a new 2021 world leading mark, the Swede asked to raise the bar to 6.19m, 1cm over his world record, but failed his first attempt before deciding to call it a day.

2019 world bronze medallist Piotr Lisek of Poland and the reigning Olympic champion Thiago Braz from Brazil completed the podium, both finishing at 5.70m.

The Swedish high flyer has not lost since the 2019 World Championships in Doha, where he finished in second place behind Sam Kendricks.

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Next for Duplantis are the indoor European Championships scheduled for next week in Torun, Poland.