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Armand Duplantis destroys pole vault world record again in superb display at World Championships

Sweden’s Armand Duplantis added a new world record to his pole vault world title, clearing 6.21m in a superb performance in Oregon.

The 22-year-old Olympic champion had gold secured with a first-time clearance of 6m. None of his rivals managed higher than 5.94m.

Duplantis then beat his own world record of 6.20m – set in Belgrade in March – at the second attempt.

It is the fifth time he has broken the world record.

His success marked the first time the record has been set outdoors since the legendary Sergey Bubka cleared 6.14m for the first time in Sestriere, Italy, in 1994.

Duplantis, who grew up in Louisiana, celebrated with a front flip in front of a packed crowd, kissed girlfriend Desire Inglander, before being embraced by his father Greg, a former top-class pole vaulter himself.

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