On September 17, 2023, Armand Duplantis, also known as Mondo Duplantis, stunned the world again as he broke his own pole vault world record in the Eugene Diamond League Finals. At 6.23m, Duplantis surpassed his previous best of 6.22m set in February. This was his seventh world record, confirming his status as back-to-back world champion.
During the season-ending meet, Duplantis was better than the rest of the field, with EJ Obiena of the Philippines finishing second in 5.82 and American Sam Kendricks third in 5.72. Fans at Hayward Field watched in anticipation as Duplantis successfully crossed the record-breaking height, leading to a moment of suspense followed by overwhelming cheers of celebration.
Amidst the jubilant atmosphere, Duplantis expressed disbelief, saying he could not remember the jump. Regardless, he remained calm and focused, ensuring a successful try. With his family witnessing the incredible achievement, Duplantis could not contain his joy and celebrated with jumps of excitement before being hoisted into the air by his team.
After failing to break his own record at the world championships in Budapest, Duplantis saw this record-breaking performance as a fitting end to his outstanding season. Looking ahead, he is expected to be one of the main attractions in athletics at the Paris Olympics in 2024. His family’s presence at the competition made the experience even more special for Duplantis, as he wanted to make them proud.
The Eugene crowd was treated to another world record on an eventful day as Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegai broke the women’s 5,000m world record with a time of 14 minutes 00.21 seconds. These remarkable achievements by Duplantis and Cegai added to the excitement and spectacle of the Eugene Diamond League Finals.