" I just got lucky enough for the timing of [my PR] to be at the Olympics."
“Coming in I wasn’t, ‘I have to beat Mondo.’ I was more focused on, I wanted to jump high, I wanted to jump 5.90 or higher and I completed my goal,” Nilsen says. “I didn’t think about it as coming in and wanting to beat Mondo. Competing against him is just fun.”
Nilsen and his high school girlfriend had a son during his sophomore year who is now 16-months old.
Nilsen followed up his recent oudoor NR with the win in 18-3 as Duplantis, the indoor record holder, cleared 18-0.
He broke world champion Shawn Barber's 18-3.25 mark from 2012.