World record holder Armand Duplantis smoothed off his impeccable start to the outdoor season on Friday, winning the men’s pole vault with a 5.91m vault in the Eugene Diamond League.
The Sweden of American descent – known as “Mondo” – had a win when he made three failed attempts at 6.07 and said he had a sour taste in his mouth.
“I think I want to be more than six meters now in any competition,” said Duplantis, who set two world records in two weeks at the World Indoor Championships in March, taking the new benchmark to 6.20 meters.
He won the Diamond League in Doha earlier this month, but due to high winds the competition moved indoors, turning Friday into his first outdoor competition in a season where the World Championships will be held at the same venue in Eugene in July.
Duplantis said he was “just trying to get the feeling for the outsider” at the event at Hayward Field.
American Chris Nielsen was second with 5.81 volts, failing to set 6.00 in South Dakota earlier this month. Norway’s Sandre Guttorsen also finished third with a score of 5.81.
2012 Olympic champion Renaud Lavilni of France, whose personal best of 6.16m, had a disappointing night, failed to finish 5.61m.
“Winning was the most important thing, but… I’m a little bitter about not hitting that 6.07 bar,” Duplantis said. “I felt good jumping … I just stopped it three times.”
The pole vault was originally scheduled for Saturday, but due to the expected rain, it was moved with the women’s wheel and high jump.
Ukraine’s Yaroslava Mahuchikh has won the world’s top 2.0m high jump.
Valerie Allman of the United States, who won the Tokyo Olympic gold medal, won the women’s discus with a throw of 7.35 meters. His Croatian opponent Sandra Parkovic was second with a throw of 75.50 meters and Kristin Pudenz of Germany (82.58 meters) was third.
Until the decision was made to hold field events on Friday, the night highlights were expected to be world record attempts in both the men’s and women’s 5,000 meters – none of which were successful.
Uganda’s Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Joshua Cheptagi posted a world-leading 12 minutes 57.99 seconds to win the men’s 5,000m, but did not threaten the world record he set in 2020 at 12: 35.36.
Ethiopia’s Milkesa Mengesha, who briefly took the lead at 4,000m but could not stop Cheptagi, finished second at 13: 01.11 and Kenya’s Daniel Simeu Ebenio finished third at 13: 10.61.
Ethiopia’s Izgayehu therefore upset compatriot Letesenbet Gide in the women’s 5,000, topping the world at 14: 12.98.
Gide, a 10,000m Olympic bronze medalist, set a goal of setting a world record of 14: 06.62 in 2020 but instead finished second at 14: 24.59.
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