Duplantis soars to victory in the pole vault on the shores of Lake Geneva

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Pole vault king: Sweden’s Armand Duplantis in downtown Lausanne on Thursday

Fabrice COFFRINI

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Olympic champion and world record holder Armand Duplantis won the Lausanne Diamond League pole vaulting competition held on the shores of Lake Geneva on Thursday.

The 22-year-old Swedish star again overshadowed his rivals with a successful jump to 6.10m on his third attempt.

Olympic silver medalist Chris Nilsen took second place with 5.80m in the event held a day before the main Diamond League program in the Swiss city.

Ernest John Obiena of the Philippines was also third in the 5.80m.

It was Duplantis’ 17th pole vault competition of the year and he remains undefeated in 2022.

Duplantis improved his world record to 6.21m in July en route to becoming world champion in Eugene, Oregon. He then won the European title in Munich last week.

After clearing 6.10m on Thursday, he made no attempt to improve on his world record.

On the sidelines is Ukrainian pole vaulting legend Sergey Bubka, the only other man to clear the 6.10m mark outdoors with a career-best 6.14m in 1994.

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