Armand Duplantis tops USA’s Kendrick in latest pole vault duel

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Mondo Duplantis (SWE) celebrates after winning the  pole vault in 19-5 1/2 (5.93m) during Sunday's 45th Prefontaine Classic at Cobb Track & Angell Field at Stanford.

Lafayette native Armand “Mondo” Duplantis still rules the world of pole vaulting.

Competing against rival Sam Kendricks of the USA, Duplantis won Wednesday’s Athletissima event in Diamond League action in Lausanne, Switzerland, with a clearance of 6.07 meters (19-9).

Duplantis and Kendrick battled toe-to-toe in the event, with Kendrick notching first-try clearances at 5.87, 5.92, 5.97 and 6.02 before missing at 6.07.

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It was the first time in history two vaulters cleared 6.02 outdoors.

Both Renee Lavillenie of France, the 2012 Olympic champion, and 2016 champion Thiego Braz of Brazile trailed at 5.72.

Lafayette High and LSU product Duplantis had one attempt at 6.15 before gathering darkness made further action unwise.

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