Pole vaulting can also go like this: 5.63 meters, 5.83, 5.93, 6.03 in the first attempt – and then, in the second attempt, fly over 6.16 meters.

Child prodigy Armand Duplantis jumped the highest in a stadium at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm on Thursday evening, two weeks before the start of the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Michael Reinsch

Correspondent for sports in Berlin.

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However, the performance is not considered a world record because the 22-year-old Swede from Louisiana has already flown 6.20 meters indoors and the world association World Athletics no longer evaluates the performances indoors and outdoors separately.

Duplantis "on another planet"

"This is a monstrous jump," said London 2012 Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic champion: "It shows he's on another planet.

You can't imagine where he will stop."

Duplantis, son of a Swede and an American, no longer spends the Swedish summers with his grandparents in the country, but now has an apartment in Stockholm.

"Incredible," he enthused. "It's something very special to achieve such a performance on the facility you train on every day."

He lives just ten minutes away from the stadium.

“This really is my home.

I'm defending my territory," he said. "It's obviously an extra motivation to be able to show in front of a Swedish audience that I'm in good shape for the World Cup." In his other home country.