It’s no surprise Mondo Duplantis had lost count of the number of times he had attempted 6.19m.
After finally succeeding at the world record* height at the World Athletics Indoor Tour Silver meeting in Belgrade on Monday (7), the Swedish pole vaulter claimed it was his 50th attempt at that mark.
It was actually 54, but who’s counting?
Certainly not Duplantis any more. The Olympic champion set the third world record of his career, improving on the 6.18m he cleared in Glasgow in February 2020.
“I don’t think this is the highest I’m ever going to jump,” said Duplantis, who will return to the Serbian capital later in the month for the World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 22. “There’s going to be a lot more to come. This is a really good place to jump. The World Indoor Championships in two weeks is going to be an even better time to try to put something else higher up there. I’m excited to come back to Belgrade.”
*Subject to the usual ratification procedure