Sweden´s Armand Duplantis sets new world pole vault record
PARIS: Armand Duplantis of Sweden set a world pole vault record of 6.17 metres at an indoor meeting in Poland on Saturday.
Duplantis, the US-born 20-year-old who won silver at last year´s world championships in Doha, cleared the bar on his second attempt in Torun to break the previous record of 6.16m set by French vaulter Renaud Lavillenie in February 2014.
"It´s something that I wanted since I was three years old," Duplantis told the website of World Athletics.
"It´s a big year, but it´s a good way to start it."
Lavillenie, the 2012 Olympic champion, said he was not surprised his record had been eclipsed. - AFP