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Armand Duplantis

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Armand Duplantis
Personal information
Born(1999-11-10) November 10, 1999 (age 17)
Country Sweden
Event(s)[[Pole vault][Long Jump]]
Coached byhis father
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking5th on the mundial ranking (iaaf)
Personal best(s)Indoor: 5.82 m (2017) WJR
Outdoor: 5.90 19' 4.25" (2017 @ Texas Relays) WJR
Updated on 23 July 2016.
Armand "Mondo" Duplantis (born November 10, 1999) is a Swedish-American pole vaulter. Duplantis won gold as a 15 year old in the boys' pole vault at the 2015 World Youth Championships and holds a number of age group world bests.


Duplantis was born into an athletic family; his American father, Greg Duplantis, was a former pole vaulter with a personal best of 19 ft  14 in (5.80 m), while his Swedish mother Helena (née Hedlund) was a former heptathlete and volleyball player.[1] His two older brothers, Andreas and Antoine, also took up sports; Andreas represented Sweden as a pole vaulter at the 2009 World Youth Championships and 2012 World Junior Championships, while Antoine dropped pole vault for baseball in high school.[2][3] Armand Duplantis first tried pole vaulting as a four-year-old at the family's home in Lafayette, Louisiana, and took to the event rapidly; he set his first age group world best at age 7, and his jump of 12 ft 8 in (3.86 m) as a ten-year-old surpassed the previous world bests for ages 11 and 12 as well.[4][5] As of July 2015, he holds the world best in all age groups from age 7 to age 12; he held the age 13 record until it was broken in May 2015.[4][6]
In 2015, his freshman year at Lafayette High School, Duplantis set national freshman records both indoors and outdoors and was named Gatorade Louisiana Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.[7] As a citizen of both the United States and Sweden, Duplantis could have chosen to vault for either country internationally; in June 2015 it was announced that he had selected Sweden.[8][9] Duplantis represented Sweden for the first time at the 2015 World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia; he won gold on countback with a first-attempt clearance of 5.30 m (17 ft 4 12 in), improving his personal best by two centimeters and setting a new championship record.[10][11]
Duplantis cleared 18 ft 12 in (5.49 m) at a high school meet in Baton Rouge on February 6, 2016, setting a new age 16 world best, world indoor youth best and national high school indoor record; he was the first high school athlete to vault 18 feet indoors.[12][13] Emmanouil Karalis of Greece, the same age as Duplantis, broke his world marks with a 5.53 m jump only one week later.[14]
On February 4, 2017 he set a new world junior indoor record of 5.72 m in a competition in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, improved the next week to 5.75 m in New York City.
On March 11, 2017 He improved his personal best to 5.82m at New Balance Nationals 2017 at the Armory in New York City.
On April 1, 2017 Armand jumped 5.90m at the Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, improving his personal record and setting a new U20 WR. The jump also became a Swedish senior record with 3 cm.

Competition record[edit]

2015World U18 ChampionshipsCali, Colombia1st5.30 m CR
2016World U20 ChampionshipsBydgoszcz, Poland3rd5.45 m


  1. Jump up ^ Raymond A. Partsch III (March 4, 2015). "Pole vaulter Armand Duplantis clearing new heights". The Advocate. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  2. Jump up ^ Andreas Duplantis profile at Tilastopaja
  3. Jump up ^ Randy Rosetta (July 13, 2015). "LSU freshman Antoine Duplantis meshes strong mental approach with athleticism as he steps into a chance to compete". Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b Johanna Gretschel (January 14, 2015). "National freshman PV record holder Armand Duplantis wants the world". MileSplit. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  5. Jump up ^ Dave Krider (August 11, 2010). "Louisiana's 10-year old pole vault prodigy". MaxPreps. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  6. Jump up ^ Øystein Jarlsbo (May 18, 2015). "Pål (13) feiret 17. mai som verdensrekordholder i stav" (in Norwegian). Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  7. Jump up ^ "Lafayette High pole vaulter Armand Duplantis named Gatorade Louisiana Track & Field Athlete of the Year". The Advocate. July 10, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  8. Jump up ^ "Stavhoppartalang valde Sverige och Avesta" (in Swedish). Dala-Demokraten. June 3, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  9. Jump up ^ Ludvig Holmberg (June 2, 2015). "Supertalangen byter landslag till Sverige" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  10. Jump up ^ Pontus Roos (July 20, 2015). "Sveriges nya supertalang fixade guld direkt" (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  11. Jump up ^ Cathal Dennehy (July 19, 2015). "Boys' pole vault – IAAF World Youth Championships, Cali 2015". IAAF. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  12. Jump up ^ Johanna Gretschel (February 6, 2016). "Mondo Duplantis Breaks Pole Vault National High School Record!". MileSplit. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  13. Jump up ^ Ludvig Holmberg (February 7, 2016). "Svenska stortalangen slog världsrekordet" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  14. Jump up ^ Steven Mills (February 14, 2016). "Kazmirek gets world-leading heptathlon total in Tallinn – indoor round-up". IAAF. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 

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