Mondo Duplantis picked up his first Diamond League win in the pole vault as a professional on Sunday as he cleared 19’ 5.50” (5.93 meters) at the Prefontaine Classic at Cobb Track and Angell Field on the campus of Stanford University.
It marks the second Diamond League win of Mondo’s career as he won his first DL event title in 2018 at the Stockholm meeting. His clearance of 5.93 meters set the facility record and it gives him three of the top four clearances in the world for 2019. His season best of 6.00 meters (19’ 8.25”) that he jumped at the SEC Championships in mid-May is still the world lead for 2019.
“The main objective was to try and come away with a win and to be able to do that was great,” Duplantis said in an interview with FloTrack. “I knew I was gonna have to go up against the best in the world. I knew I was going to be at the top of my game. There were some things I could have done better, but I got the high bar when it counted.”