Sweden’s Armand Duplantis breaks pole vault world record

22-year-old Swedish-American Armand "Mondo" Duplantis set a new world record in pole vault at the World Athletics Championships on July 25th in Oregon, United States, beating his previous best by 1cm.

Sweden's Armand Duplantis breaks pole vault world record
Armand Duplantis competes in the Men's Pole Vault Final on day ten of the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, United States. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

The pole vaulter is a dual Swedish-US citizen born and raised in the US, who has competed internationally for Sweden since 2015.

Duplantis was the only pole vaulter to clear over six metres, at which point he had already secured gold in the World Championships.

Shortly afterwards, he set a new championship record at 6.06 metres, but he wasn’t finished.

On his first attempt to clear the 6.21 world-record height, he failed, but on the second attempt, he cleared with a 8.2 centimetre margin over the bar – meaning a new world record.

The crowd at Hayward Field, where the championships were held, went wild as Duplantis sprinted to see his father and coach Greg Duplantis, himself a former pole vaulter, and embrace his Swedish girlfriend Desiré Inglander.

“That’s his best jump ever,” his father said.

“It is great, I cannot complain!” said Duplantis, whose new mark bettered his previous best by 1cm, set when winning gold at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade in March.

It was his fifth world record, and third this year.

“Actually, I did not think about the record that much today,” he said.

“Usually, it is always somewhere in the back of my mind but today, I was really focused on the win and I really wanted to win the gold so badly. It was the medal I was missing.

“So when I was on this height, it was like everything came together and it happened from there.”

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Sweden’s ex-NBA star leaves Moscow team

Sweden's ex-NBA star Jonas Jerebko has quit CSKA Moscow, the team said on Saturday, less than three months after his controversial decision to join the organisation amid international condemnation of Russia.

Sweden's ex-NBA star leaves Moscow team

The Swedish basketball federation cut Jerebko from the national squad at the end of March, a day after he joined CSKA Moscow, saying his decision was “against the federation’s values and our very clear stance towards Russia” over its invasion of Ukraine.

CSKA Moscow wrote on its website on Saturday that “the transition to CSKA turned out to be difficult for Jonas in many ways”.

The Swedish federation said Jerebko would however not be returning to the national squad.

His decision to leave CSKA “doesn’t in any way change the decision we made when he signed with them”, the head of the federation Fredrik Joulamo told Swedish news agency TT.

Jerebko, 35, is the only Swede to have played in the NBA, where he spent 10 seasons with the Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors between 2009 and 2019.

Jerebko last played for Sweden in a World Cup qualifier against Croatia at the end of February, during which the federation and players showed their support for Ukraine.

Prior to signing for CSKA, Jerebko was without a club after having finished his contract with Khimki Moscow in 2021.

CSKA Moscow have been excluded from the Euroleague because of Russia’s invasion.