Mouthwatering duel ends with 26 year record broken

Armand Duplantis of Sweden competes in the Men's Pole Vault during the Monaco 2020 Diamond League meeting on August 14, 2020 (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Armand Duplantis of Sweden competes in the Men's Pole Vault during the Monaco 2020 Diamond League meeting on August 14, 2020 (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Mondo Duplantis and Sam Kendricks have gone toe-to-toe in an incredible meeting during the Lausanne Diamond League 

While no world records were broken during the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Wednesday (2 September), fans were treated to quite the spectacle.

In the pole vault only competition, Sweden's Mondo Duplantis and American Sam Kendricks battled each other as well as the fading daylight.

It was the first time since the Ultimate Garden Clash in June that the pair had competed against each other in the field that also featured 2012 Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie and Rio 2016 gold medallist Thiago Braz.

Ahead of the meet, the world record holder had told reporters at a press conference: "I don't want to put a cap on myself and the more I grow into the sport I realise there is no real limit to what I can do."

However, as night started to fall over the Olympic city, it was Duplantis who came out on top. Not only did the Swede clear a new outdoor best of 6.07m but also broke the Diamond League record and his own outdoor Swedish record.

After both Braz and Lavillenie failed to clear 5.82m, Kenricks, who is a two-time world champion, went toe-to-toe with the 20-year-old Swedish athlete.

Kendricks pushed Duplantis all the way with seven first-time clearances between 5.72m and 6.02m. Both cleared 6.02m, which marked the first time in history that the two had done so in the same competition.

As the bar was raised to 6.07m and daylight fading fast, Kendricks recorded just his second foul of the competition. Meanwhile, Dulpantis was successful and decided to attempt 6.15m but it all proved to be futile.

“In the end it got too dark to go for 6.15m and I felt it was unsafe to continue any further. I felt I was in the zone but you have to be prudent,” said Mondo after the event.

“Sam is a fabulous competitor, and I feel we bring the best out of each other. We kept pushing each other and you can see the result.

"We kept pushing each other and you can see the result. It reminded me a bit of the Ultimate Garden Clash, we kept going after the next height. It was quick. I loved it."

The Diamond League will continue on Friday (4 September) in Brussels.