Mondo Duplantis sets stadium record in Gothenburg

Sweden's pole vault world record holder makes a winning home debut in 2020 on a bad day for Polish rival Piotr Lisek.

By Ken Browne

Another day, another record for Sweden's pole vault sensation Mondo Duplantis.

Having already won the competition, Duplantis jumped 5.94m with his third attempt at the Bauhaus Jump Challenge in Gothenburg's Ullevi Stadium for a new stadium record and the best vault outdoors so far this year.

"Everything is a little different as there is no audience, so it obviously felt a bit more like a training," Duplantis said afterwards.

"I'm still a little rusty. It's been difficult for me during this time, especially when I was in Louisiana where I didn't have access to facilities, so I'm still a bit out of shape."

Mondo has set the bar high recently racking up two world records in February, jumping 6.18m in Glasgow only a week after he first broke Renaud Lavillenie's world record with a jump of 6.17m.

Now every time he jumps, people expect a world record to fall.

While 5.94m is some way below 6.17m, this was a solid display with the competition a long way behind.

Norwegian teenager Pal Haugen Lillefosse was closest in second with a 5.60m clearance.

It was a disappointing day for Polish vaulter Piotr Lisek who finished fifth with a best jump of 5.35m.

The 2017 world silver medallist, a six-metre man on his day, has beaten Duplantis in the past but bowed out with three failures at 5.50m.

In the end, as has been the case so often recently, Mondo was in a class of his own.

Mondo Duplantis - pole vault prodigy

At just 20 years old Duplantis is on top of the world, and he proved it again in Sweden.

This was his first appearance on home soil since the Finnkampen match in Stockholm last August.

The pole vault world record holder and reigning European champion built on his 5.86m which secured victory at Oslo’s Impossible Games in June.

Before that, he shared victory with London 2012 Olympic champion Lavillenie in May's Ultimate Garden Clash with world champion Sam Kendricks also competing at home.

Meijer wins Bauhaus Jump Challenge

In the women's event, 2019 World Championship pole vault finalist Angelica Bengtsson had a day to forget.

The 26-year-old had three failures at her opening height of 4.45m, well down on her Swedish record of 4.81m.

Compatriot Michaela Meijer won with a first-time clearance at 4.60m before having three failures at what would have been a new national mark of 4.82m.

Last weekend, Meijer set a new personal best outdoors when she jumped 4.72m.

Bengtsson did not seem too disappointed afterwards saying, "The jumping was fantastic and the runways were good. But when it started, I relaxed too much."

Elsewhere in the Hasselby district of Stockholm, world discus champion Daniel Stahl got the better of training partner Simon Pettersson.

Any of Stahl's three valid throws would have secured the win with 66.55m his best in round three before Pettersson recorded 66.32m in the sixth and final round.