Lafayette’s Duplantis Sets Another Pole Vault World Record
Lafayette native Armand Duplantis set his second world pole vault record in as many weeks when he vaulted 6.18 meters (20 feet, 4 inches) at an indoor meet Saturday in Glasgow, Scotland.
Duplantis, who broke his own week old mark, is now firmly established as the favorite in the pole vault at this summer's Olympics in Tokyo.
If he had sought to represent the United States at the Olympics, Duplantis would have had to finish among the top three vaulters at the Olympic track and field trials in June. One bad day, trouble with his technique or adverse weather conditions would present the risk of having to wait another four years to compete in the Summer Games."