Mondo Duplantis shares secret behind shattering pole vault world record for record eigth time

Mondo Duplantis shares secret behind shattering pole vault world record for record eigth time

Mark Kinyanjui 16:14 - 22.04.2024

Duplantis continues to scale new heights in Pole Vault at just 24.

Swedish-American pole vault sensation Mondo Duplantis has reacted to smashing the Pole Vault world record for a record-eight time of 6.24 meters at the 2024 Wanda Diamond League opener in Xiamen, China on Saturday 20 April.

Despite his unparalleled success, Duplantis revealed that he was not expecting to break another world record at the meet, although he acknowledged his desire to perform at his best.

“I mean, kind of and not really, a little bit of both I guess,” Mondo said after the event.

“For me to break the world record, I need everything to be in the right place. Some things are out of my control as far as the conditions go. I did not know what kind of track it was but it was quite okay and good enough for me to jump really high.

“Still wins, great energy from the crowd, so pretty much everything combined well for me to jump pretty high today.”

When asked about his motivation behind his record-breaking performance, Duplantis attributed it to his drive to improve upon his indoor season performance and showcase his capabilities on the outdoor stage.

“I did not really tweak anything. The indoor season was a little bit sloppier than I would have liked, so I think I brought a little bit of fire into this season and I was excited to get the outdoor season started, so I had some fire today and wanted to show what I was capable today.

"I wanted to shatter the record indoors, so I think that carried on onto this first meet. A lot of focus on training to make sure I am in as good shape as possible for this competition.”

As Mondo Duplantis continues to raise the bar in the world of pole vaulting, his relentless pursuit of excellence and dedication to his craft make him a true phenomenon in athletics.

His previous world record of 6.23 meters was set at the 2023 Wanda Diamond League final in Eugene, Oregon, which had taken him 16 attempts.

Duplantis's journey to the new world record was not without its challenges.

During the winter indoor season, he faced six unsuccessful attempts at 6.24 meters before finally clearing it in his first outdoor attempt of the year. 

The two-time world outdoor champion’s performance in Xiamen is his eighth world record in a career that is already studded with milestones. 

His journey began in Torun in 2020 when he set his first world record of 6.17 meters. 

Like his predecessor, Ukrainian Sergey Bubka in the 1980s and 1990s, Duplantis has consistently raised the bar by the minimum one centimeter, a strategic approach that has proven both successful and lucrative due to the bonus money he earns with each record.