Sweden's Mondo Duplantis shatters Renaud Lavillenie's pole vault world record

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Armand 'Mondo' Duplantis has made history by breaking the pole vault world record.

The Swedish hero has started the Olympic year in extraordinary fashion after settling for a silver medal at the 2019 World Athletics Championships behind Sam Kendricks of America.

However, the athletics world knew that Duplantis was plotting something special when he attempted the world record during his first meet of the year in Dusseldorf, Germany.

On that occasion, Duplantis came mere millimetres away from beating the 6.16-metre mark set by the legendary Renaud Lavillenie six years ago.

But there were no mistakes this time around as Duplantis once again attempted the historic height at the World Athletics Indoor Tour meeting in Torun, Poland.

Duplantis makes pole-vaulting history

Duplantis failed at the first attempt as he had done in Germany, before indicating to his coach that he would deploy a higher grip for the second run.

And to the amazement of everybody in Arena Torun, Duplantis went flying over the bar with a perfectly executed vault and sprinted off the mat in delirious celebration.

It's a truly staggering achievement for a vaulter who is only aged 20 and it really makes you wonder what 'Mondo' could go on to accomplish as he works towards his peak.

Duplantis takes his place alongside legends

Even if he hung up his pole tomorrow, though, he can take his place in the history books alongside the likes of Lavillenie and 17-time world-record holder Sergey Bubka.

It's always been an ambitious of Duplantis' and he told BBC Sport after his initial attempt: "I thought it was possible.

"You don't think everything's going to be put together in your first meet just because you're physically fit, but it came together nicely."

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Well, Mondo, you have indeed achieved your dream and the world will continue to be mesmerised by his remarkable clearance over a bar that even legends couldn't summit.

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