Mondo Duplantis picked up his first Diamond League win in the pole vault as a professional on Sunday as he cleared 19’ 5.50” (5.93 meters) at the Prefontaine Classic at Cobb Track and Angell Field on the campus of Stanford University.
It marks the second Diamond League win of Mondo’s career as he won his first DL event title in 2018 at the Stockholm meeting. His clearance of 5.93 meters set the facility record and it gives him three of the top four clearances in the world for 2019. His season best of 6.00 meters (19’ 8.25”) that he jumped at the SEC Championships in mid-May is still the world lead for 2019.
“The main objective was to try and come away with a win and to be able to do that was great,” Duplantis said in an interview with FloTrack. “I knew I was gonna have to go up against the best in the world. I knew I was going to be at the top of my game. There were some things I could have done better, but I got the high bar when it counted.”
Duplantis cleared bars of 17’ 11” (5.46m), 18’ 4.75” (5.61m), 18’ 8.75” (5.71m), and 19’ 0.75” (5.81m) with no problems. His first miss of the day came at 5.88 meters (19’ 3.50”), and then Mondo decided to pass to 5.93 meters (19’ 5.50”). After missing his first attempt at 5.93 meters, Mondo cleared a must-make bar at that height to seal the win as Sam Kendricks (USA) was unable to clear that bar in three attempts. Mondo took three attempts at what would have been a season best, but he was unable to clear the bar of 6.01 meters (19’ 8.50”).
Aleia Hobbs and Sha’Carri Richardson, the past two NCAA champions in the event, competed in the 100 meters. Hobbs ran a 11.04 to take second while Richardson clocked a 11.15 in her professional debut to take fourth. Marie-Josee Ta Lou (Ivory Coast) won with a season best of 11.02.
Other former LSU track and field athletes to compete were Michael Cherry (400 meters/45.92/7th place) and Natoya Goule (800 meters/1:59.82/6th place).
(Press Release Provided by LSU Athletics)