Which Outdoor National Records Still Seem Unbreakable?


* Mondo Duplantis competes at the 110th NYRR Millrose Games.

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Mondo Duplantis, Lafayette (LA)

August 12, 2018

The current world record holder produced high school performances so astounding that even people outside of the immediate track and field community took notice.

When Duplantis vaulted 19-10.25 to set the current high school record at the European Championships in 2018, he became an icon of sorts for the sport, as his performances compared to those at the professional level.

His dual American and Swedish citizenship allowed for his 19-10.25 clearance to qualify for the U.S. national record.

The closest anyone has come to eclipsing the 19-foot height was Lee's Summit's (MO) KC Lightfoot just a week after Duplantis set the record, clearing 18-5 at the 2018 Missouri Class 5 District 6 meet.

The 2022 outdoor season saw one vaulter clear over 18 feet -- Maddox Hamm of Scottsboro (AL) with a 18-1 mark in March.

Hamm will return next year for his senior season and could be one to watch. However, chasing the mark set by the current world record holder in Duplantis does not make for an easy task.