Mondo Duplantis isn’t just another high achieving teenage track & field star. He’s already one of the world’s best at his event, and before long he may be recognized as the guiding light in an event that too often goes overlooked, even as its stars literally fly above the competition.
Competing in Stockholm in his mother’s native Sweden, while competing as a Swedish athlete, Duplantis cleared 19-2¾, finishing firmly in first place at the Diamond League meet even though the mark was lower than his recent personal and prep record of 19-5½ set at the Louisiana state championships. Second place in Stockholm? That would be the reigning World Championships gold medalist and Olympic bronze medalist Sam Kendricks, a fellow American.