Update: Duplantis has signed with Puma
Mondo Duplantis, the collegiate and world U20 record holder in pole vault, announced on Monday that he will forego his final three years of eligibility at LSU and turn professional.
Duplantis entered LSU last fall with a resume that looked more like someone at the tail end of their career than one just beginning his freshman season. He was a European champion, had several top three finishes in Diamond League pole vaults and a lifetime best of 6.05m. Only three men in history had vaulted higher than Duplantis.
At LSU, Duplantis broke the collegiate records indoors and won the NCAA Indoor Championships. This spring, he cleared 6.00m at the SEC Championships, surpassing Lawrence Johnson’s collegiate outdoor record that stood since 1996.
The only loss of his collegiate career came in his final competition at last week’s NCAA Outdoor Championships. South Dakota’s Chris Nilsen had first attempt clearances at 5.90m and 5.95m to win the NCAA title. Duplantis, who struggled with pole adjustments throughout the competition, couldn’t match him at either height.
Duplantis will vault for the first time as a professional at Thursday's Diamond League in Oslo.