Armand Duplantis after setting a new world record.© AFP
“Not so bad, eh?!” said Duplantis before addressing the crowd. “You guys gave me some good energy and helped me get over the bar.
“This is awesome and I love being in Eugene, it’s a pleasure to be here.”
Duplantis came in at 5.70m and needed two attempts at 5.87 before sailing over 6.00m and 6.06m, the latter breaking by 1cm the previous championship record set by Australian Dmitri Markov in Canada in 2001.
The barrier went up to 6.21m and amid the noisy razzmatazz of the 4x400m relays, the US-born and raised Duplantis didn’t go close at his first attempt.
He had time to re-set for his second, however, and calmly gathered his thoughts before launching himself down the runway, a packed Hayward Field looking on with bated breath.
The Swede, just 22, sailed over for his fifth world record — and third this year — to send the crowd into a frenzy and fittingly bring down the curtain on the world championships in Oregon.
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