When prep pole vault phenom Mondo Duplantis leapt 6.05m to win the 2018 European Championships back in August, it soon became clear that the teen had set the American record by way of a technicality.

Despite competing internationally for Sweden, Duplantis was eligible for U.S. record purposes since he was a U.S. citizen, then the only requirement by the letter of the USATF rule book. Duplantis’ American-record breaking performance in Berlin– a meet in which Team USA athletes obviously could not compete– shined a light on a half-baked writing of a rule that was desperately in need of an amendment.

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