Mondo To Open Up Outdoor Season at LSU Alumni Gold
Baton Rouge, La. – World record holder Mondo Duplantis will open up his 2021 outdoor season on Saturday at LSU’s Alumni Gold meet at Bernie Moore Track Stadium. Admission to the meet is free and COVID protocols will allow for up to 2,800 fans to enter the facility.
The men’s pole vault is set to begin at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday and Duplantis will more than likely begin jumping around 3:15 or 3:30 p.m. This will mark Mondo’s first competition at LSU since April of 2019 when he cleared a bar of 5.94 meters (19′ 5.75″) to set the facility record.
Duplantis has been up to some big things since he left LSU in the summer of 2019 after his freshman campaign. He set the indoor pole vault world record on February 15, 2020 with a clearance of 6.18 meters (20′ 3.25″) in Glasgow. Seven months later at the Diamond League Rome meeting he set the outdoor world record with a clearance of 6.15 meters (20′ 2″). He also claimed a world silver medal at the 2019 IAAF World Championships while representing Sweden.
Duplantis last competed this year in early March as he won his first major indoor pole vault title of his career with a clearance of 6.05 meters (19′ 10.25″) to become the European Champion. He also won a European outdoor title in the summer of 2018 with a clearance of 19′ 10.25″ (6.05 meters). Four of his six performances during the indoor season in 2021 saw him clear a bar of 19′ 8.25″ or higher so fans will be in for an exciting show.
During his time in an LSU uniform Duplantis won the 2019 NCAA indoor title and set both the collegiate indoor and outdoor records. His outdoor collegiate record still stands and he is the only collegian to ever clear a bar of 6.00 meters (19′ 8.25″) outdoors.