Pole Vault Sensation Mondo Duplantis: Homecoming in Stockholm

Pole Vault Sensation Mondo Duplantis Poised for Historic Homecoming in Stockholm

Mondo Duplantis, the pole vault superstar, is set to captivate his home crowd once again as he returns to the prestigious BAUHAUS-Galan meeting in Stockholm on June 2nd. The 24-year-old Swedish phenom will be chasing his ninth world record and a fourth successive Wanda Diamond League title in 2024.

Duplantis’ 2023 season got off to a flying start when he broke the world record for the eighth time with a staggering 6.24m jump at the Wanda Diamond League season opener in Xiamen last month. Now, the reigning Olympic champion will be aiming to deliver another historic performance in front of his adoring fans in Stockholm.

Defending His Home Turf

The young pole vault sensation often saves his very best for his home meeting, as evidenced by his 2021 Diamond League record and outdoor world best of 6.16m. Even in challenging conditions last season, Duplantis battled through heavy rain to attempt the world record at the BAUHAUS-Galan.

“My best results always come in Stockholm…as long as the weather’s okay,” Duplantis said in an interview with the Wanda Diamond League website. “When I’m at Stockholm Stadium and I’m on the track there and we’re competing at the Diamond League meet, it almost feels like I have to defend the turf. That just ups my game and fills me with adrenaline. It’s kind of like a mini-championship in a way.”

Duplantis will face a familiar field of rivals in Stockholm, with former world champion Sam Kendricks and World Championships medallists Chris Nilsen and John Ernest Obiena also set to compete. As the premier one-day meeting series in athletics, the Wanda Diamond League comprises 15 of the most prestigious track and field events globally, with athletes competing for points to qualify for the two-day Wanda Diamond League Final in Brussels on September 13-14.

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