2021 Men’s Pole Vault World Rankings

Mondo Duplantis had plenty to shout about in Tokyo. (KIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT)

EVEN THOUGH IT MIGHT SEEM that Mondo Duplantis has been atop the vault world for years now, this year’s No. 1 is actually his first, there having been no Rankings in ’20 and Sam Kendricks edging him in ’19…

THE SWEDISH CAJUN was a slam-dunk choice, winning 15 of 17 meets in a busy season. Along the way he produced 8 of the year’s 10 highest marks, topped by the campaign’s only 20-footer…

WITH PLACES 2-3-4 from Chris Nilsen, Kendricks & KC Lightfoot, the U.S. had its best year in ages, putting three in the first four since ’04 (Tim Mack 1, Toby Stevenson 2, Derek Miles 4… plus Jeff Hartwig at 10)…

FORMER WR HOLDER Renaud Lavillenie’s finish as No. 5 boosted him to a tie for 2nd with Bob Richards on the all-time list at 102. Leader Sergey Bubka has a stunning total of 147.

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1. MONDO DUPLANTIS (Sweden) (11/10/99, 5-11¼/174) (1.81/79)
6.01 | 19-8½i 1)Düsseldorf 1/31
6.03 | 19-9¼i 1)Rouen 2/06
5.86 | 19-2¾i 1)Liévin WIT 2/09
6.10 | 20-0i 1)Belgrade 2/24
6.05 | 19-10¼i 1)Euro Indoor 3/07
5.90 | 19-4¼ 1)Alumni Gold 4/24
5.90 | 19-4¼ 1)Ostrava CT 5/19
5.55 | 18-2½ 2)Gateshead1 DL 5/23 1. Kendricks
6.10 | 20-0 1)Hengelo CT 6/06
6.00 | 19-8¼ 1)Karlstad 6/22
6.01 | 19-8½ 1)Oslo DL 7/01
6.02 | 19-9 1)Stockholm DL 7/04
6.02 | 19-9 1)Olympic Games 8/03
(5.75q)
5.62 | 18-5¼ 4)Lausanne DL 8/26 1. Nilsen; 2. Kendricks; 3. Morgunov
6.01 | 19-8½ 1)Paris DL 8/28
6.05 | 19-10¼ 1)Brussels DL 9/03
6.06 | 19-10½ 1)Zürich DL 9/09
2. CHRIS NILSEN (US) (1/13/98, 6-5/205) (1.96/93)
5.90 | 19-4¼i 1)Vermillion 1/23
5.53 | 18-1¾i 5)Tourcoing 1/31 1. R. Lavillenie; 2. Cormont; 3. V. Lavillenie; 4. Ludwig
5.93 | 19-5½i 2)Rouen 2/06 1. Duplantis
5.86 | 19-2¾i 2)Liévin WIT 2/09 1. Duplantis
5.80 | 19-¼i 1)Val-de-Reuil 2/14
5.86 | 19-2¾i 3)Aubière 2/27 1. R. Lavillenie; 2. Vloon
5.80 | 19-¼ 2)Drake R 4/24 1. Kendricks
5.91 | 19-4¾ 1)Mt. SAC 5/09
5.90 | 19-4¼i 1)Prairie View 5/25
5.90 | 19-4¼ 1)Olympic Trials 6/21
(5.65q)
5.92 | 19-5 1)Bydgoszcz 6/30
5.72 | 18-9¼ 6)Stockholm DL 7/04 1. Duplantis; 2. Kendricks; 3. Lavillenie; 4. Obiena; 5. Lisek
5.97 | 19-7 2)Olympic Games 8/03 1. Duplantis
(5.75q)
5.82 | 19-1 1)Lausanne DL 8/26
5.81 | 19-¾ 3)Paris DL 8/28 1. Duplantis; 2. Obiena
5.85 | 19-2¼ 2)Brussels DL 9/03 1. Duplantis
5.86 | 19-2¾ 1)Chorzów CT 9/05
5.83 | 19-1½ 5)Zürich DL 9/09 1. Duplantis; 2. Kendricks; 3. Morgunov; 4. Obiena
5.91 | 19-4¾ 2)Berlin 9/12 1. Kendricks
5.82 | 19-1 5)Zagreb CT 9/14 1. Lightfoot; 2. Kendricks; 3. Marschall; 4. Lavillenie
3. SAM KENDRICKS (US) (9/7/92, 6-2¼/174) (1.89/79)
5.81 | 19-¾i 3)Düsseldorf 1/31 1. Duplantis; 2. Blech
5.83 | 19-1½i 4)Rouen 2/06 1. Duplantis; 2. Nilsen; 2. R. Lavillenie
5.60 | 18-4½i =7)Liévin WIT 2/09 1. Duplantis; 2. Nilsen; 3. R. Lavillenie; 4. Lisek; 5t. Obiena;
5t. Braz
5.86 | 19-2¾i 1)Łódž 2/12
5.80 | 19-¼i 1)Toruń WIT 2/17
5.86 | 19-2¾ 1)Drake R 4/24
5.85 | 19-2¼ 2)Ostrava CT 5/19 1. Duplantis
5.80 | 19-¼ 1)Dessau 5/21
5.74 | 18-10 1)Gateshead1 DL 5/23
5.71 | 18-8¾ 1)Music City 6/06
5.85 | 19-2¼ 2)Olympic Trials 6/21 1. Nilsen
(5.65q)
5.91 | 19-4¾ 2)Oslo DL 7/01 1. Duplantis
5.92 | 19-5 2)Stockholm DL 7/04 1. Duplantis
5.82 | 19-1 1)Sotteville-lès-Rouen 7/11
5.82 | 19-1 2)Lausanne DL 8/26 1. Nilsen
5.73 | 18-9½ 4)Paris DL 8/28 1. Duplantis; 2. Obiena; 3. Nilsen
5.70 | 18-8¼ =1)St. Wendel 8/31
5.70 | 18-8¼ 6)Chorzów CT 9/05 1. Nilsen; 2t. Obiena; 2t. Lightfoot; 4. Marschall; 5. Lisek
5.93 | 19-5½ 2)Zürich DL 9/09 1. Duplantis
5.91 | 19-4¾ 1)Berlin 9/12
5.82 | 19-1 2)Zagreb CT 9/14 1. Lightfoot
4. KC LIGHTFOOT (US) (11/11/99, 6-2/165) (1.88/75)
5.94 | 19-5¾i 1)Lubbock 1/16
5.90 | 19-4¼i 1)College Station 1/23
5.95 | 19-6¼i 1)Texas Tech Inv 1/30
6.00 | 19-8¼i 1)Lubbock 2/13
5.90 | 19-4¼i 1)Big 12 Indoor 2/26
5.93 | 19-5½i 1)NCAA Indoor 3/13
5.80 | 19-¼ 1)Texas R 3/26
5.72 | 18-9¼ 1)Baylor Inv 4/03
nh )Drake R 4/24 1. Kendricks; 2. Nilsen; 3. Ludwig; 4. Houston; 5. Walsh;
6. Wooten; 7. Wyatt; 8. Richartz
5.60 | 18-4½ =4)Mt. SAC 5/09 1. C. Nilsen; 2. Richartz; 3. Ludwig
5.70 | 18-8¼i 3)Prairie View 5/25 1. Nilsen; 2. Pater
5.85 | 19-2¼ 2)Olympic Trials 6/21 1. Nilsen
(5.65q)
5.62 | 18-5¼ 7)Stockholm DL 7/04 1. Duplantis; 2. Kendricks; 3. Lavillenie; 4. Obiena; 5. Lisek;
6. Nilsen
5.72 | 18-9¼ 2)Sotteville-lès-Rouen 7/11 1. Kendricks
5.80 | 19-¼ =4)Olympic Games 8/03 1. Duplantis; 2. Nilsen; 3. Braz
(5.75q)
5.52 | 18-1¼ =5)Lausanne DL 8/26 1. Nilsen; 2. Kendricks; 3. Morgunov; 4. Duplantis
5.73 | 18-9½ 5)Paris DL 8/28 1. Duplantis; 2. Obiena; 3. Nilsen; 4. Kendricks
5.85 | 19-2¼ 3)Brussels DL 9/03 1. Duplantis; 2. Nilsen
5.80 | 19-¼ =2)Chorzów CT 9/05 1. Nilsen
5.83 | 19-1½ 6)Zürich DL 9/09 1. Duplantis; 2. Kendricks; 3. Morgunov; 4. Obiena; 5. Nilsen
5.81 | 19-¾ 3)Berlin 9/12 1. Kendricks; 2. Nilsen
5.87 | 19-3 1)Zagreb CT 9/14
5. RENAUD LAVILLENIE (France) (9/18/86, 5-9¾/152) (1.77/69)
5.92 | 19-5i 1)Bordeaux 1/16
5.95 | 19-6¼i 1)Karlsruhe WIT 1/29
6.02 | 19-9i 1)Tourcoing 1/31
5.93 | 19-5½i 2)Rouen 2/06 1. Duplantis
5.80 | 19-¼i 3)Liévin WIT 2/09 1. Duplantis; 2. Nilsen
nh )Val-de-Reuil 2/14 1. Nilsen; 2. Wooten; 3. V. Lavillenie
5.66 | 18-6¾i 3)Fr Indoor 2/21 1. V. Lavillenie; 2. Cormont
6.06 | 19-10½i 1)Aubière 2/27
5.80 | 19-¼ 1)Pierre-Bénite 6/05
5.55 | 18-2½ 4)Poznań 6/13 1. Cormont; 2. Coppell; 2. Lisek
5.92 | 19-5 1)Chorzów 6/20
5.70 | 18-8¼ 2)Fr Ch 6/27 1. Cormont
5.81 | 19-¾ 3)Oslo DL 7/01 1. Duplantis; 2. Kendricks
5.92 | 19-5 3)Stockholm DL 7/04 1. Duplantis; 2. Kendricks
5.70 | 18-8¼ 8)Olympic Games 8/03 1. Duplantis; 2. Nilsen; 3. Braz; 4t. Karalís; 4t. Lightfoot;
6. Lisek; 7. Coppell
(5.75q)
5.32 | 17-5½ 10)Lausanne DL 8/26 1. Nilsen; 2. Kendricks; 3. Morgunov; 4. Duplantis; 5t. Obiena;
5t. Cormont; 5t. Lightfoot; 8. Lisek; 9. V. Lavillenie
5.30 | 17-4½ 10)Paris DL 8/28 1. Duplantis; 2. Obiena; 3. Nilsen; 4. Kendricks; 5. Lightfoot;
6. V. Lavillenie; 7. Lisek; 8. Cormont; 9. Marschall
6. TIMUR MORGUNOV (Russia) (10/12/96, 6-2/170) (1.88/77)
5.55 | 18-2½i 1)Rus Indoor 2/16
5.65 | 18-6½i 1)Moscow 2/21
5.90 | 19-4¼ 1)Moscow 6/06
5.90 | 19-4¼ 1)Tver 6/13
5.80 | 19-¼ 1)Rus Ch 6/26
5.75 | 18-10¼ 1)Moscow 7/07
5.85 | 19-2¼ 1)Moscow 7/10
5.75 | 18-10¼ 2)Białystok 8/20 1. Ludwig
5.72 | 18-9¼ 3)Lausanne DL 8/26 1. Nilsen; 2. Kendricks
5.75 | 18-10¼ =4)Brussels DL 9/03 1. Duplantis; 2. Nilsen; 3. Lightfoot
5.93 | 19-5½ 3)Zürich DL 9/09 1. Duplantis; 2. Kendricks
5.30 | 17-4½ 5)Innsbruck 9/11 1. Obiena; 2. Ludwig; 3. Sasma; 4. Vloon
nh )Nairobi CT 9/18 1. Koppelaar…
7. EJ OBIENA (Philippines) (11/17/95, 6-2¾/150) (1.90/68)
5.62 | 18-5¼i 5)Karlsruhe WIT 1/29 1. R. Lavillenie; 2. Ludwig; 3. Walsh; 4. Blech
5.80 | 19-¼i 1)Berlin WIT 2/05
5.68 | 18-7½i 1)Dortmund 2/07
5.60 | 18-4½i =5)Liévin WIT 2/09 1. Duplantis; 2. Nilsen; 3. R. Lavillenie; 4. Lisek
5.86 | 19-2¾i 2)Łódž 2/12 1. Kendricks
5.80 | 19-¼i 3)Toruń WIT 2/17 1. Kendricks; 2. Lisek
5.70 | 18-8¼ 1)Gothenburg 6/02
5.80 | 19-¼ 2)Hengelo CT 6/06 1. Duplantis
5.85 | 19-2¼ 1)Mössingen 6/11
5.80 | 19-¼ =1)Leverkusen 6/27 -+!
5.87 | 19-3 2)Bydgoszcz 6/30 1. Nilsen
5.80 | 19-¼ 1)Täby 7/02
5.82 | 19-1 4)Stockholm DL 7/04 1. Duplantis; 2. Kendricks; 3. Lavillenie
5.70 | 18-8¼ =11)Olympic Games 8/03 1. Duplantis; 2. Nilsen; 3. Braz; 4t. Karalís; 4t. Lightfoot;
6. Lisek; 7. Coppell; 8. Lavillenie; 9. Zernikel; 10. Sasma
(5.75q)
5.52 | 18-1¼ =5)Lausanne DL 8/26 1. Nilsen; 2. Kendricks; 3. Morgunov; 4. Duplantis
5.91 | 19-4¾ 2)Paris DL 8/28 1. Duplantis
5.65 | 18-6½ 10)Brussels DL 9/03 1. Duplantis; 2. Nilsen; 3. Lightfoot; 4t. Broeders; 4t. Morgunov;
6. Koppelaar; 7. Lisek; 8. Vloon; 9. Lita Baehre
5.80 | 19-¼ =2)Chorzów CT 9/05 1. Nilsen
5.83 | 19-1½ 4)Zürich DL 9/09 1. Duplantis; 2. Kendricks; 3. Morgunov
5.93 | 19-5½ 1)Innsbruck 9/11
5.81 | 19-¾ 4)Berlin 9/12 1. Kendricks; 2. Nilsen; 3. Lightfoot
8. THIAGO BRAZ (Brazil) (12/16/93, 6-1¼/183) (1.86/83)
5.60 | 18-4½i =5)Liévin WIT 2/09 1. Duplantis; 2. Nilsen; 3. R. Lavillenie; 4. Lisek
5.80 | 19-¼i 3)Łódž 2/12 1. Kendricks; 2. Obiena
5.60 | 18-4½i 4)Toruń WIT 2/17 1. Kendricks; 2. Lisek; 3. Obiena
5.70 | 18-8¼i =2)Belgrade 2/24 1. Duplantis
5.70 | 18-8¼i 6)Aubière 2/27 1. R. Lavillenie; 2. Vloon; 3. Nilsen; 4. Cormont; 5. V. Lavillenie
5.65 | 18-6½ 2)Gothenburg 6/02 1. Obiena
5.62 | 18-5¼ 5)Hengelo CT 6/06 1. Duplantis; 2. Obiena; 3. Vloon
5.80 | 19-¼ =1)Leverkusen 6/27 -+!
5.82 | 19-1 4)Bydgoszcz 6/30 1. Nilsen; 2. Obiena; 3. Lisek
5.80 | 19-¼ 2)Täby 7/02 1. Obiena
5.87 | 19-3 3)Olympic Games 8/03 1. Duplantis; 2. Nilsen
(5.75q)
9. PIOTR LISEK (Poland) (8/16/92, 6-4¼/187) (1.94/85)
5.47 | 17-11¼i =8)Karlsruhe WIT 1/29 1. R. Lavillenie; 2. Ludwig; 3. Walsh; 4. Blech; 5. Obiena;
6t. Zernikel; 6t. Holzdeppe
5.62 | 18-5¼i 6)Düsseldorf 1/31 1. Duplantis; 2. Blech; 3. Kendricks; 4. Vloon; 5. Lita Baehre
5.62 | 18-5¼i 5)Berlin WIT 2/05 1. Obiena; 2. Blech; 3. Zernikel; 4. Sobera
5.74 | 18-10i 4)Liévin WIT 2/09 1. Duplantis; 2. Nilsen; 3. R. Lavillenie
5.72 | 18-9¼i 4)Łódž 2/12 1. Kendricks; 2. Obiena; 3. Braz
5.80 | 19-¼i 2)Toruń WIT 2/17 1. Kendricks
5.60 | 18-4½i 1)Pol Indoor 2/21
5.70 | 18-8¼i =2)Belgrade 2/24 1. Duplantis
5.80 | 19-¼i 3)Euro Indoor 3/07 1. Duplantis; 2. Lavillenie
(5.70iq)
5.65 | 18-6½ 2)Poznań 6/13 1. Cormont
5.70 | 18-8¼ 4)Chorzów 6/20 1. R. Lavillenie; 2. V. Lavillenie; 3. Sobera
5.50 | 18-½ 2)Karlstad 6/22 1. Duplantis
5.80 | 19-¼ 1)Pol Ch 6/25
5.82 | 19-1 3)Bydgoszcz 6/30 1. Nilsen; 2. Obiena
5.82 | 19-1 5)Stockholm DL 7/04 1. Duplantis; 2. Kendricks; 3. Lavillenie; 4. Obiena
5.80 | 19-¼ 6)Olympic Games 8/03 1. Duplantis; 2. Nilsen; 3. Braz; 4t. Karalís; 4t. Lightfoot
(5.75q)
5.50 | 18-½ 2)Szczecin 8/15 1. Coppell
5.50 | 18-½ 3)Międzyzdroje 8/17 1. Ludwig; 2. Arents; 3. Wojiechowski
5.66 | 18-6¾ =3)Białystok 8/20 1. Ludwig; 2. Morgunov
5.42 | 17-9¼ 8)Lausanne DL 8/26 1. Nilsen; 2. Kendricks; 3. Morgunov; 4. Duplantis; 5t. Obiena;
5t. Cormont; 5t. Lightfoot
5.55 | 18-2½ 7)Paris DL 8/28 1. Duplantis; 2. Obiena; 3. Nilsen; 4. Kendricks; 5. Lightfoot;
6. V. Lavillenie
5.60 | 18-4½ 7)St. Wendel 8/31 1. Kendricks & Lita Baehre; 3. Vloon; 4. Broeders; 5t. Ludwig; 5t. Zernikel
5.65 | 18-6½ 7)Brussels DL 9/03 1. Duplantis; 2. Nilsen; 3. Lightfoot; 4t. Broeders; 4t. Morgunov;
6. Koppelaar
5.70 | 18-8¼ 5)Chorzów CT 9/05 1. Nilsen; 2t. Obiena; 2t. Lightfoot; 4. Marschall
5.71 | 18-8¾ =6)Berlin 9/12 1. Kendricks; 2. Nilsen; 3. Lightfoot; 4. Obiena; 5. Lita Baehre
5.71 | 18-8¾ 2)Hof 9/18 1. Ludwig
10. MENNO VLOON (Netherlands) (5/11/94, 5-9¾/170) (1.77/77)
5.81 | 19-¾i 4)Düsseldorf 1/31 1. Duplantis; 2. Blech; 3. Kendricks
5.72 | 18-9¼i 1)Neth Indoor 2/20
5.96 | 19-6½i 2)Aubière 2/27 1. R. Lavillenie
5.70 | 18-8¼i =5)Euro Indoor 3/07 1. Duplantis; 2. Lavillenie; 3. Lisek; 4. Zernikel
(5.70iq)
5.80 | 19-¼ 3)Hengelo CT 6/06 1. Duplantis; 2. Obiena
5.70 | 18-8¼ 1)Leiden 6/12
5.80 | 19-¼ 2)Zweibrücken 6/19 1. Zernikel
5.40 | 17-8½ 2)Neth Ch 6/25 1. Koppelaar
5.45 | 17-10½ 3)Naimette-Xhovémont 6/30 1. Koppelaar; 2. Broeders
5.75 | 18-10¼ 1)Heusden 7/03
5.55 | 18-2½ 13)Olympic Games 8/03 1. Duplantis; 2. Nilsen; 3. Braz; 4t. Karalís; 4t. Lightfoot;
6. Lisek; 7. Coppell; 8. Lavillenie; 9. Zernikel; 10. Sasma;
11t. Lita Baehre; 11t. Obiena
(5.75q)
5.71 | 18-8¾ 2)Leuven 8/21 1. Broeders
5.56 | 18-2¾ 2)Sittard 8/28 1. Koppelaar
5.70 | 18-8¼ 3)St. Wendel 8/31 1. Kendricks & Lita Baehre
5.65 | 18-6½ 8)Brussels DL 9/03 1. Duplantis; 2. Nilsen; 3. Lightfoot; 4t. Broeders; 4t. Morgunov;
6. Koppelaar; 7. Lisek
5.40 | 17-8½ 1)Breda 9/05
5.50 | 18-½ 4)Innsbruck 9/11 1. Obiena; 2. Ludwig; 3. Sasma
5.81 | 19-¾ 1)Cesano Maderno 9/25�

U.S. RANKINGS
1. *Chris Nilsen (Nike) 6. Nate Richartz (Risen Performance)
1)Olympic Trials, 2)Olympic Games, 5)Zürich DL 2)Mt. SAC, 1)Chula Vista, nq)Olympic Trials
2. *Sam Kendricks (Nike) 7. Andrew Irwin (unattached)
=2)Olympic Trials, 2)Stockholm DL, 2)Zürich DL 1)ATL, =4)Mt. SAC, 6)Olympic Trials
3. *KC Lightfoot (Baylor) 8. Scott Houston (Shore AC)
=2)Olympic Trials, =4)Olympic Games, 6)Zürich DL 4)Drake, 7)Mt. SAC, 7)Olympic Trials
4. Matt Ludwig (unattached) 9. Branson Ellis (Stephen F. Austin)
3)Drake, 4)Olympic Trials, nq)Olympic Games nh)NCAA Indoor, 1)NCAA, =8)Olympic Trials
5. Jacob Wooten (unattached) 10. Keaton Daniel (Kentucky)
6)Drake, 8)Mt. SAC, 5)Olympic Trials 1)SEC, 2)NCAA, =8)Olympic Trials

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