TOKYO (KLFY) — Lafayette native Armand ‘Mondo’ Duplantis, 21, claimed the gold medal in men’s pole vaulting this morning at the Tokyo Olympics.
The world record holder claimed the medal with a 6.02-meter (19.75-foot) vault, which comes in one-hundredth of a meter shy of the Olympic record. That record is held by Brazil’s Thiago Braz from 2016. Duplantis set the current world record of 6.18 meters in February 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. While he did make an attempt to break his own record at a height of 6.19 meters, he was unsuccessful after three attempts.
This is Duplantis’ first Olympics appearance.
Team USA’s Christopher Nilsen won the silver medal with a jump of 5.97 meters. Braz claimed the bronze medal. Fellow American K.C. Lightfoot tied for fourth with a 5.80 leap.