Duplantis says he is "old school" and refrains from using technology too much.
He says 5.90m surprised him in 2017 and that they'll be more 'selective' in their competitions in 2018.
Some interesting insights in this piece by Jere Longman are that Duplantis has his own makeshift runway and pit in his backyard and that the uses a pole meant designed for vaulters 50-pounds heavier than him, which his father says makes him like "a pea on a plastic spoon that's shooting across a cafeteria."
A fantastic feature on arguably the sport's biggest young star. The kid is so good that WR Renaud Lavillenie was filiming him on his phone when he was 12.
It's also a Swedish national senior record for the Louisiana junior.
The 17-year-old PV prodigy cleared 19-feet 1-inch (5.82m) on his third attempt to break the world junior record. (he also broke the Armory record, destroyed the MR by ~14-inches, and just beat the 19-.025 PB of his father, a former pro). *Video
Duplantis has vaulter 18' 10" but Peter points out Casey Carrigan held the world record in high school back in the 60s.
The kid is a talent. Last year, he was the first US HSer over 18' indoors and he was only a sophomore. He vaults internationally for Sweden.
Nilsen followed up his recent oudoor NR with the win in 18-3 as Duplantis, the indoor record holder, cleared 18-0.