Astana Indoor Meet: Mondo Duplantis Roars Over Kazak Turf With First Pole Vault Gold for 2024

Published 01/27/2024, 6:41 AM EST

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Today marks the much-anticipated Astana Indoor Meet for Amin Tuyakov Prizes. It is distinguished as the inaugural World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold event in Asia. This event serves as the kickoff to this year’s esteemed World Indoor Tour Gold series. Numerous athletes are eagerly preparing to launch their 2024 campaigns in Astana, the vibrant capital city of Kazakhstan. Notably, among the select few already making waves are world pole vault record-holder Mondo Duplantis.

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Additionally, there are two-time world indoor 60m hurdles champion Nia Ali, world mile champion Diribe Welteji, and Olympic 200m champion Andre De Grasse. These global gold medallists add a layer of excitement to an already prestigious event. In a riveting showcase of skill and determination, Mondo Duplantis stole the spotlight. He left a resounding mark on the Men’s Pole Vault competition.

Mondo Duplantis, pole in tow, swings to glory with his arsenal of skills

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Breaking through the frigid air of the Astana Indoor Meeting, Mondo Duplantis soared to victory in the Men’s Pole Vault. He secured the coveted gold with a remarkable performance. The Swedish pole vault sensation demonstrated his prowess by clearing the bar at 5.80 meters, outshining his competitors at the prestigious event. Ben Broeders from Belgium secured the second position with a height of 5.70 meters. Tao Zhong of China claimed the third spot with a clearance of 5.60 meters.

However, Mondo Duplantis undoubtedly kicked off his indoor season on a high note. After a stellar outdoor performance in 2023, where he broke his pole vault world record with an impressive 6.23m/20-5.25 clearance at the Diamond League finale in Eugene’s Prefontaine Classic. However, he has set his goals for 2024 season now.

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Setting sights on 2024

Mondo Duplantis focuses on securing more major titles in 2024, will also compete in his hometown at the Mondo Classic on February 6 (WIT Silver). He will then make a return to Lavillenie’s meeting in Clermont-Ferrand on February 22 (WIT Silver). Following these events, Duplantis is gearing up to defend his title at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow 24. The championships are scheduled from March 1-3 at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena, where he previously set his second world record of 6.18 meters in 2020.

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Expressing his approach for the season, he mentioned, “I’m going to have a schedule like last year of just four indoor competitions, keeping it pretty short and sweet. So, that’s nice. Only just a few competitions, but I get to really attack them, as reported by World Athletics.

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