The Olympic champion and world record holder in the pole vault, the Swede Armand Duplantis, stood out once again in his test, this Monday at the Athletics meeting in Hengelo (Netherlands), surpassing the bar of 6,01 meters to sign the best world record so far this season in the open air.
Despite the wind and a cool temperature (about 16 degrees Celsius), with intermittent light rain, Duplantis signed his first jump over 6 meters in the outdoor season. He did it already on his first attempt, before stopping his participation in the contest there.
The 22-year-old Swedish prodigy broke his world record for the indoor season twice at the start of 2022, taking it up to 6,20 meters. The current European and Olympic champion is the overwhelming favorite for the outdoor world title in Eugene (Oregon, United States, July 14-25).
In the second time he broke his indoor world record this year, which reached 6,20 meters, Duplantis also won the indoor world title. Outdoor world gold is the only major metal missing to complete his impressive collection, despite his youth.
In another test of the Dutch meeting, the local Femke Bol, Olympic bronze and European record holder, easily won the 400 meters hurdles, with a time of 53 seconds and 94 hundredths.