Mondo Duplantis broke Sergey Bubka‘s 26-year-old outdoor pole vault world record, clearing 6.15 meters at a Diamond League meet in Rome on Thursday.

Duplantis, the Swede who was born and raised in Louisiana, already held the overall pole vault world record, which he broke on consecutive Saturdays in February in indoor meets and raised to 6.18 meters.

Outdoors, Duplantis took 14 unsuccessful attempts at 6.15 meters in the last two months before clearing on his second try in Rome.

“Everybody kept talking about it, it was a big chip on my shoulder and I feel I had to do it to have people stop asking me this question,” Duplantis said, according to meet organizers. “When I did it, it was more relief than joy.”

Duplantis, a 20-year-old with a Swedish mom and American dad, turned professional last year after one season at LSU. He took silver at last year’s world championships behind American Sam Kendricks.

The Ukrainian Bubka broke the world record 17 times in the 1980s and ’90s, including by one centimeter on nine occasions from 1988-1994, taking advantage of bonus money each time he raised it.

Full Rome results are here. The Diamond League season concludes in Doha on Sept. 25.

In other events in Rome, Rio Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah clocked the world’s fastest women’s 100m in the world this year, 10.85 seconds.

Thompson-Herah, fifth and fourth at the last two world championships, supplanted fellow Jamaican Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who clocked 10.86 in Kingston on Aug. 22. Fraser-Pryce was not in the Rome field.

Norwegian Karsten Warholm won the 400m hurdles in 47.07 seconds, the ninth-fastest time in history. Warholm, the second-fastest ever in the event, has been chasing American Kevin Young‘s world record of 46.78 from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics all season.

MORE: Former track and field boss gets two years in prison

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

How to watch Burnley vs Wolves online and on TV today

Fresh off their draw with Premier League champions Liverpool last week, Burnley host Wolves this evening. Sean Dyche’s side came from behind to share the points with the Reds thanks to a well-taken Jay Rodriguez strike, one day before Wolves…

Sane: Guardiola took me to new level but I had to leave City

Leroy Sane’s phone kept buzzing and it was the same source: Joshua Kimmich. Bayern Munich’s defensive midfielder displayed the kind of tenacity associated with him on the pitch in encouraging Sane to swap Manchester City for the Allianz Arena. On…

UFC star Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza TESTS POSITIVE for COVID-19, but UFC 249 will still GO AHEAD (VIDEO)

Souza was due to face Uriah Hall in a middleweight bout on the UFC 249 card in Jacksonville and, like all fighters involved on the card, had been subjected to coronavirus testing and daily temperature and health checks while at…

‘I’ve got MORE cars than this’: Floyd Mayweather gives a glimpse of BILLIONAIRE lifestyle on tour of INCREDIBLE LA mansion (VIDEO)

More than 20,000 people watched live as Mayweather, dressed in a sleeveless multicolored top, faded jeans, white socks and white trainers, led the way through what he called his “Grand Theft Auto” garage, including pristine Rolls-Royces, Bentleys and Bugattis worth…