Piotr Lisek won a monumental men’s pole vault at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco tonight (12) with an effort of 6.02m – a Polish record, meeting record, and world-leading mark.
It was the second lifetime best in the space of a week for the 26-year-old world silver medallist, who cleared 6.01m to win in last Friday’s IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne.
Nineteen-year-old Swede Armand ‘Mondo’ Duplantis did all he could to frustrate the Pole’s driving ambition, taking second place with a clearance of 5.92m and – after passing following one failure at 5.97m – two near misses at 6.02m.
And in his best performance by some distance since winning the 2016 Olympic title on home soil, Thiago Braz finished in third place on countback, having also cleared 5.92m.
After clearing his best ever height, Lisek collapsed back into the pit with his hands over his face before being joyfully embraced by fellow Pole Pawel Wojciechowski, the 2011 world champion, who finished fourth on 5.87m.