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Duplantis Awarded IAAF Male Rising Star Award

by Aaron Hyder
Duplantis Awarded IAAF Male Rising Star Award

Monaco – Mondo Duplantis was named the 2018 IAAF Male Rising Star of the Year on Tuesday evening in Monaco as the best track and field athletes from across the globe came together for the annual awards ceremony.

Also a finalist for the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year Award, Duplantis earned his stripes as one of the best pole vaulters in world history with the second-best outdoor pole vault ever when he cleared 6.05 meters (19-10.25) at the European Championships in August to claim gold while representing his home country of Sweden. The clearance of 6.05 meters ended up as the best in the world in 2018 and it also set a meet record at the European Championships.

Only 19 years of age, Duplantis cemented himself as the greatest U20 pole vaulter in world history as he set eight U20 world records indoors and outdoors in 2018. He claimed the junior world title at the IAAF U20 World Championships in July with a championship record clearance of 5.82 meters (19-1.00).

This award adds to the long list of accomplishments for Duplantis in 2018:

IAAF Male Rising Star of the Year

Corbett Award

European Co-Rising Star of the Year

Diamond League Winner (Stockholm)

World U20 Champion

European Champion

World U20 Record Holder

The full release from the International Association of Athletics Federations can be viewed at