Armand Duplantis Sets Pole Vault World Record with 6.24m in Xiamen

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Armand “Mondo” Duplantis made a stunning start to the season by clearing 6.24m on his first attempt, setting his eighth world record. He added 1 cm to his previous record of 6.23m at the Diamond League Final in Eugene. Duplantis had a perfect performance, clearing previous heights of 5.62m, 5.82m, and 6.00m in his first attempts. This marked his first competition of the season and his first appearance in China.

Duplantis shared his excitement, saying, “This is my first time in China. It’s exciting to get my season going.” Two-time world champion Sam Kendricks cleared 5.82m to take second place, while China’s Huang Bokai finished third with 5.72m. Kendricks praised Duplantis, acknowledging his hard work and growth, expressing joy in competing with him.

Women's 1500 Metres: Ethiopia's Gudaf Tsegay opened her 2024 outdoor season with an impressive time of 3:50.30, the third-fastest in history, setting a world lead and personal best. Ethiopia dominated the top eight spots, with Birke Haylom (3:53.22) in second and Worknesh Mesele (3:57.61) in third. Georgia Griffith from Australia set a personal best of 3:59.04. Tsegay admitted surprise at her own performance, indicating the competition felt easy, while training was the real challenge.

Women's 200 Metres: Australian teenager Torri Lewis took her first Diamond League win in 22.96 seconds, narrowly beating 100 metres world champion Sha’Carri Richardson and other US sprinters.

Men's Triple Jump: Olympic champion Pedro Pablo Pichardo of Portugal set a meeting record with 17.51m in the sixth round, taking the top spot. World indoor and outdoor champion Fabrice Hugues Zango came second with a leap of 17.12m, while China's Su Wen finished third with 16.82m.

Women's 100 Metres Hurdles: Jasmine Camacho Quinn from Puerto Rico edged out world indoor champion Devynne Charlton with a time of 12.45 seconds, securing first place. Charlton was close behind with 12.49, while France’s Cyrena Samba Mayela finished third, setting a national record of 12.55. Camacho Quinn reflected on the pressure she faced and the relief she felt when seeing the large crowd, helping her relax. Charlton expressed satisfaction with her performance, just fractions off her personal best, and looked forward to building momentum for the upcoming Olympic Games.

Women's 3000 Metres Steeplechase: World record holder Beatrice Chepkoech set the sixth-fastest time in history, winning with a world-leading 8:55.40. Faith Cherotich from Kenya and Peruth Cherotich from Uganda completed the podium with times of 9:05.49 and 9:12.99, respectively. Chepkoech shared her enthusiasm for the stadium and the energy from the crowd.

Women's Discus Throw: Olympic champion Valarie Allman set a meeting record with a seasonal best of 69.80m, taking the win in the fifth round. Cuba's Yaime Perez finished second with 68.83m, and Feng Bin from China placed third with 67.07m.

Men's 800 Metres: World champion Marco Arop from Canada edged Wycliffe Kinyamal by 0.05 seconds, achieving a world-leading time of 1:43.61. Tshepiso Masalela from Botswana came in third with 1:43.88. Arop enjoyed the atmosphere and shared his excitement for the rest of the season.

Men's 100 Metres: Christian Coleman, the reigning Diamond League champion, defeated Fred Kerley to win in 10.13 seconds, battling a headwind of -0.6 m/s. Fred Kerley came second with 10.17, and Ackeem Blake took third with 10.20.

Men's 110 Metres Hurdles: Daniel Roberts secured his first Diamond League win since 2019, with a world-leading 13.11 seconds. Cordell Tinch came in second with 13.16, and Shunsuke Izumiya placed third with 13.17.

Women's 400 Metres: Marileidy Paulino from the Dominican Republic held off Poland’s Natalia Kaczmarek to win in 50.08 seconds. Paulino continued her Diamond League success, having won her first world title in Budapest.

Men's 5000 Metres: Lamecha Girma, the world record holder, claimed the win in 12:58.95. Nicholas Kipkorir from Kenya came second with 12:59.78, followed by Birhanu Balew from Bahrain (13:00.47).

Men's High Jump: Shelby McEwen won his first Diamond League competition in the high jump with a clearance of 2.27m, beating Mutaz Barshim on countback.

Women's Shot Put: Gong Lijao from China triumphed with 19.72m, overcoming Diamond League winner Chase Jackson and Maddison Lee Wesche, who set a personal best of 19.63m.

Women's Javelin Throw: China’s Dai Qianqian set a meeting record of 61.25m to win the women's javelin throw. Latvia’s Lina Muze Sirma and world silver medallist Flor Ruiz Hurtado finished second and third.


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