Pole vault wonder boy Armand Duplantis breaks own world record within a week

WION Web Team Glasgow, Glasgow City, Great Britain (UK) Feb 17, 2020, 12.16 PM(IST)

Armand Duplantis (Twitter/@Worldathletics) Photograph:( Twitter )

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The 20-year old on Saturday broke his world record by clearing a 6.18 meters mark on his first attempt in the Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow. 

Pole vault's new wonder boy Armand Duplantis is back in the news for breaking his world record within a week. 

The 20-year old on Saturday broke his world record by clearing a 6.18 meters mark on his first attempt in the Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow. 

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Last weekend the US-born Swedish player had broken the pole vaulting world record after clearing 6.17 meters in Poland. 

After the second achievement, Duplantis earned a $30,000 bonus. 

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Armand Duplantis is the son of former American pole vaulting legend Greg Duplantis and Swedish mother Helena Duplantis. He was born in Louisiana, United States, but still chose to represent his mother's native country Sweden. 

According to Duplantis' family, the world record holder has been practising the game on the pole vault pit built in the back garden of his Lousiana home since he was three years old. 

"There are a lot of reasons why this event is so complicated and so many things go into making a good jump," Duplantis, whose nickname is Mondo, told BBC Sport.

"So many years of hard work go into this, but when you do it right it seems simple.

"Safe to say I feel good, I feel fast and strong on the runway. I'm excited about the outdoor season, and the Olympics is where I want to be the best."

The former child phenomenon holds world records at every age level from under 7 to under 12, while by 18 he had cleared 6 meters.