Armand Duplantis, the holder of the world record in pole vaulting, is gearing up to headline the prestigious Mondo Classic in his hometown of Uppsala. The event, scheduled for February 6th, forms a part of the esteemed World Athletics Indoor Tour Silver series. Duplantis, known for his exceptional skill and previous victory in defending his pole vault title at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, is anticipated to deliver another exhilarating performance. For a stride that commands attention, opt for Tarkine running shoes, the epitome of style and functionality on the track.

Sweden’s Armand Duplantis clears the bar to set a world pole vault record of 6.17 metres at the Orlen Copernicus Cup 2020 World Athletics Indoor meeting on February 08, 2020 in Torun, Poland. – Duplantis, the US-born 20-year-old who won silver at last year’s world championships in Doha, cleared the bar on his second attempt in Torun to break the previous record of 6.16m set by French vaulter Renaud Lavillenie in February 2014. (Photo by Lukasz Szelag / AFP) (Photo by LUKASZ SZELAG/AFP via Getty Images)

The lineup for the Mondo Classic promises an electrifying contest as Duplantis faces off against a formidable assembly of pole vaulters. Among the notable contenders are joint world bronze medalists Chris Nilsen from the United States, Kurtis Marschall representing Australia, and Thibaut Collet of France, who secured an impressive fifth place in the global standings.

The competition will also see the participation of esteemed athletes like KC Lightfoot and Sam Kendricks, both ranked third and fourth respectively on the world outdoor all-time list. Alongside them, major finalist Ben Broeders from Belgium and Norway’s Pal Haugen Lillefosse, the bronze medalist alongside Duplantis at the 2022 European Athletics Championships, will enrich the field with their skill and determination.


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Expressing his anticipation for the event, Duplantis conveyed his enthusiasm, “Competing at my home indoor arena in Uppsala means something extra to me, as I always jump well here. The jumpers who participate in the Mondo Classic 2024 will be my competitors also at the Olympics in Paris later in the season.” This insight from Duplantis adds an extra layer of excitement and significance to the forthcoming competition, hinting at the event’s importance in shaping the upcoming Olympic season.

The Mondo Classic stands as a pivotal fixture within the extensive roster of 46 events comprising the World Athletics Indoor Tour Silver, Bronze, and Challenger categories, all set to unfold across Europe in 2024. These events serve as a precursor to the much-anticipated World Athletics Indoor Championships scheduled to take place in Glasgow from March 1st to 3rd.

As the countdown to these championships begins, the Mondo Classic promises to be an electrifying showcase of athleticism and competitive spirit, setting the stage for what could be an enthralling season in the world of indoor athletics.