Mondo Duplantis opened his outdoor season in Los Angeles on May 27, 2023.
This writer sat behind the pole vault and watched Mondo sign autographs, take selfies, and say hello to at least 2 dozen athletes while he warmed up for the pole vault, munched a snack, had some water, and chatted with the pole vaulters in this competition.
Mondo Duplantis won in LA on May 27, clearing 5.91 meters. In Hengelo on June 4, he cleared 6.11 meters, a new World Leader. On June 15, in Oslo, Norway, Mondo cleared 6.01 meters.
On June 27, at the Ostrava Golden Spike, Mondo Duplantis cleared 6.12m, a new world leader! Just five days later, on July 2, 2023, Mondo Duplantis cleared 6.05 meters and made three game attempts (the last being the best), at 6.23m, a new world record. He did not clear 6.23m, but he will.
As of this day (July 4), Mondo has broken the WR six times. He will break it many more times.
In this interview on May 27, 2023, Mondo Duplantis spoke to the assembled media on the competition and all things pole vault. Mondo Duplantis is one of the finest athletes in any sport, a physical and mental genius at the pole vault and competition.
Watch Mondo talk to himself post-jump, watch him analyze, and watch him improve.
A tremendous talent and a most popular athlete. PUMA and Red Bull sure get their money’s worth from him in terms of brand recognition, goodwill and fan interest!