Mondo Duplantis Finishes 7th At World Indoor Championships In Pole Vault

Lafayette (LA) High's Mondo Duplantis said "he didn't quite make it count" at the 2018 World Indoor Championships this weekend in Birmingham, United Kingdom, finishing seventh overall with a final clearance of 5.70 meters (18-7) in the pole vault. 

He took attempts at 5.85 meters, a mark that could have placed him as high as second, and said he jumped well, but added that "it didn't quite go my way." 

Overall, the Louisiana State University signee said he was satisfied with his performance at the world championships, his second such competition at that level competing for Sweden after finishing ninth at  outdoor worlds in 2017. 

"I thought I jumped really good," he said. "I think I'll have a good outdoor season. I'm feeling really healthy." 

The previous week, he cleared 5.88 meters (19-3.5) at the All-Star Perche in France, setting a new world junior record. 

In Birmingham, he added that he never felt like he got in too much of a "groove" over the indoor season. He confirmed he was trying out new poles and cleared about what he thought he could at the meet in France. He did say, however, that he feels he can get his performances straightened out for the outdoor season. 

Duplantis said it's unlikely that he will compete at New Balance Nationals Indoor and will only jump at a few meets in the United States over the outdoor season, including The Texas Relays and The Prefontaine Classic. 

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