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Mondo Duplantis has now set the indoor and outdoor pole vault world records in 2020 after the 20-year-old cleared 6.15m in his second attempt on Thursday in Rome.
(Here's where I point out that **technically** this isn't a world record, but an outdoor world best, as World Athletics only identifies the highest jump across indoor and outdoor as the world record. But that's a dumb rule that I'm choosing to ignore.)
Duplantis, who raised the indoor world record to 6.18m back in February to topple his own 6.17m mark from the week prior, ticked the final box of arguably the greatest pole vault season in history by breaking Sergey Bubka’s 6.14m outdoor height that had stood since 1994.
With his two 6.00m+ clearances in Rome, Duplantis has now jumped over the six meter bar an astonishing 14 times in 2020 alone.
The phenom nearly had the record on Thursday in his first attempt as his hip height was well above the bar. After knocking down the bar with his arm initially, he corrected the mistake on the second try and was rewarded with another dose of history.