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World Athletics Championships 2023: Men's Pole Vault Armand Duplantis Defends Gold Medal

Swedish Armand Duplantis, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics gold medallist, defended the men’s pole vault crown at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest.

Sandipan Ghosh
Last updated: 28.08.2023
World Athletics Championships 2023: Men's Pole Vault Armand Duplantis Defends Gold Medal

Swedish Armand Duplantis, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics gold medallist, defended the men’s pole vault crown at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest (Hungary).


World Athletics Championships 2023: Men’s Pole Vault – Armand Duplantis comfortably won his second World Athletics Championships gold medal

It was the penultimate day of the World Athletics Championships 2023 (August 26), when the men’s pole vault final was organised. Armand Duplantis managed to clear the bars 5.55, 5.85, 5.95, 6.00, 6.05 and 6.10 metres in first attempts. Though the World Record holder (6.22m) couldn’t reach the new record-breaking 6.23m mark in three attempts, 6.10m was well enough for him to defend the title.

It was Sweden’s second gold medal at the World Athletics Championships 2023 after Daniel Ståhl won the men’s discus throw event on August 21.


World Athletics Championships 2023: Men’s Pole Vault – Other medalists

The Philippines earned the silver medal thanks to Ernest John Obiena’s 6.00m mark achievement on his second attempt. It was the equal Asian Record that Obiena previously set up at the Sparebanken Vest Bergen Jump Challenge in Norway last June.

Australian Kurtis Marschall and USA Christopher Nilsen shared the bronze medals by clearing the 5.95m on their respective first attempts. While Marschall equalled his personal best record, Nilsen set up his season-best record.  


World Athletics Championships 2023: Men’s Pole Vault (Final Status)


Athlete

Country

Marks

Mark

5.55

5.75

5.85

5.90

5.95

6.00

6.05

6.10

6.23

Armand Duplantis

Sweden

o

o

o

o

o

o

xxx

6.10

Ernest John Obiena

Philippines

o

xo

xo

o

o

xo

x–

xx

 

6.00 (=AR)

Kurtis Marschall

Australia

xo

o

o

x–

o

xxx

 

 

 

5.95 (=PB)

Christopher Nilsen

United States

o

o

xxo

o

o

xxx

 

 

 

5.95 (SB)

Thibaut Collet

France

o

o

o

o

x–

xx

 

 

 

5.90 (PB)

Huang Bokai

China

o

o

xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.75 (=PB)

Ben Broeders

Belgium

xo

o

xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.75

Zach McWhorter

United States

xo

xo

xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.75

Yao Jie

China

o

xxo

xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.75

Claudio Michel Stecchi

Italy

o

xxo

xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.75

Piotr Lisek

Poland

o

xxo

x–

xx

 

 

 

 

 

5.75

Robert Sobera

Poland

o

xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.55

Ersu Şaşma

Turkey

o

xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.55

(NOTE: AR = Area Record [Continental Record]; SB = Season Best; PB = Personal Best)


What did Armand Duplantis say?

Duplantis said after defending the World Championships gold medal, “Being the defending champion was different. I felt a bit of pressure as defending champion but I’m glad to come through it. It feels pretty good to be on top again.”


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