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Who are the highest pole vaulters in history, indoors and outdoors?

Mondo Duplantis sets outdoor world pole vault record at Stockholm Diamond League 2022

Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis has broken his own world record by clearing 6.22 meters (20 feet, 4 inches) in the indoor pole vault competition in Clermont-Ferrand, France on February 25. This was Duplantis’s third indoor record in almost a complete year’s span, following his successful attempts in Belgrade last March, where he cleared 6.20m and 6.19m, respectively in Belgrade, Serbia.

The 22-year-old athlete set his previous ouright world record of 6.21m in Eugene, Oregon, at the World Athletics Championships 2022. He continues to increase his own highest vaults in history, both indoors and outdoors. – Read more: Duplantis breaks Pole Vault world record with 6.22m at All Star Perche

Duplantis has cleared six meters or higher on 60 occasions, including both indoor and outdoor competitions. The Swede has set a impressive marks for the highest vault since February 2020, including the top seven all-time.

The Olympic, two-time world and three-time European champion, has been dominating the pole vault event since he first set a new record in February 2020 in Glasgow, surpassing the previous world record held by Renaud Lavillenie, who was the world record holder at 6.16 meters at the time.

Duplantis has been a promising talent in pole vaulting since he was a teenager and is now considered one of the greatest pole vaulters in history.

Meanwhile, in addition to the Swede’s record-breaking performances, Frenchman Lavillenie has also been among the greatest vaulters and he sits in second place with 21 six-meter vaults, while another legend, Sergey Bubka of Ukraine, is in third place with 46.

No other vaulters have double-digit six meter clearance.

Other notable athletes in the list of career six-meter vaults include Maksim Tarasov, Rodion Gataullin, Jeff Hartwig, Steve Hooker, and Sam Kendricks.

Highest vaults in history, indoors and outdoors

—Stats from World Athletics
  6.22i Mondo Duplantis (SWE) Clermont-Ferrand 2023
   6.21 Mondo Duplantis (SWE) Eugene 2022
   6.20i Mondo Duplantis (SWE) Belgrade 2022
   6.19i Mondo Duplantis (SWE) Belgrade 2022
   6.18i Mondo Duplantis (SWE) Glasgow 2020
   6.17i Mondo Duplantis (SWE) Torun 2020
   6.16 Mondo Duplantis (SWE) Stockholm 2022
6.16i Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) Donetsk 2014
6.15i Sergey Bubka (UKR) Donetsk 1993
   6.15 Mondo Duplantis (SWE) Rome 2020
   6.14i Sergey Bubka (UKR) Lievin 1993
   6.14 Sergey Bubka (UKR) Sestriere 1994
   6.13i Sergey Bubka (UKR) Berlin 1992
   6.13 Sergey Bubka (UKR) Tokyo 1992
   6.12i Sergey Bubka (UKR) Grenoble 1991
   6.12 Sergey Bubka (UKR) Padua 1992
   6.11i Sergey Bubka (UKR) Donetsk 1991
   6.11 Sergey Bubka (UKR) Dijon 1992
   6.10i Sergey Bubka (UKR) San Sebastian 1991
   6.10 Sergey Bubka (UKR) Malmo 1991
   6.10i Mondo Duplantis (SWE) Belgrade 2021
   6.10 Mondo Duplantis (SWE) Hengelo 2021
   6.10i Mondo Duplantis (SWE) Uppsala 2023

Career six-metre vaults
60 Mondo Duplantis
46 Sergey Bubka
21 Renaud Lavillenie
7 Maksim Tarasov
7 Rodion Gataullin
7 Jeff Hartwig
5 Steve Hooker
5 Sam Kendricks
Indoors and outdoors, including ancillary marks

Wayne Porter

Wayne Porter

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