Stockholm DL — A New Outdoor High For Mondo

Courtesy of the prolific Mondo Duplantis, the highest vault ever in open air is now 20-2½. (JIRO MOCHIZUKI)

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, June 30 — That clearance! In the absence of any numerical measure, Mondo Duplantis’s clearance of the highest outdoor height ever can only be described as monstrous? Humongous? Massive?

Whatever your choice, the still-only 22 vaulter cleared 20-2½ (6.16) at the Bauhaus Galan with more than enough breathing room to indicate we may see many more records before his competition days are over.

All eyes focused on the Swede, standing on the runway after all the other events had concluded. The national hero had won the competition at 19-9¼ (6.03), then missed his first attempt at 20-2½ (6.16). On his second, with the crowd roaring him skyward, he soared.

That he could fly so high is not news: the mark is short of his indoor best, the Absolute World Record of 20-4 (6.20) set in March. However, the highest mark ever outdoors is indeed a mark work celebrating. “It is extra special,” he said. “I wanted to come here today and try to do something special. I felt I was in shape and that I have great support here in Stockholm, where I live now so that means extra.

“It’s hard to describe it really. You kind of black out out there. I just remember I was trying to focus really hard on not hitting the bar. And I was over the bar and then I just started to run like an idiot. I think it was good timing.

“I feel like I am definitely in shape to win my title and maybe to do something special in Eugene. It’s all about building to the World Champs. I don´t really feel the pressure; only the pressure I put on myself. I think I could go high in Oregon and it’s important to be in my best shape there. Today was a confirmation that I can do it.”

Mondo wasn’t the only one dropping hints that he’s ready for Eugene. The 400H winners both made the statement that they intend to make their races at Hayward Field interesting. First Femke Bol destroyed the women’s field by 10m in knocking her season best down to 52.27, history’s No. 10 performance. Not quite McLaughlin territory, but promising for a woman who wants an upgrade from her Tokyo bronze.

Said Bol, “I hit the last hurdle; I’m used to that by now… I am still hoping I can do something very special in Eugene.”

The men’s race perhaps impressed more: Alison dos Santos crushed a world-leading 46.80 to break Karsten Warholm’s meet record of 46.87 and leave American CJ Allen far behind (48.28). It was the No. 6 performance ever and only 0.08 from his Brazilian Record set in Tokyo. “I’m so happy, I’m so proud,” he said. “I waited for this time for a long time this season. Now to come here and do it, I’m excited for the Worlds.”

Earlier in the day, American Chase Ealey overcame jet lag and yet another DL field to win the shot with her final throw of 67-2¼ (20.48) — the No. 3 toss in U.S. history and just an inch and a quarter short of her own world leader. “I felt very confident and comfortable in the circle. The Worlds are coming up. I want to get a medal, preferably gold.”

More throwing highlights came in the discus, where Kristjan Čeh triumphed with another MR, hitting 229-9 (70.02), and runner-up Mykolas Alekna improved his best to 229-0 (69.81) in his Diamond League debut.

A solid javelin competition saw Anderson Peters spear a meet record 296-3 (90.31) to overtake Neeraj Chopra’s Indian record 295-1 (89.94) from the first round. Julian Weber hit 3rd with his 292-3 (89.08).

In the women’s 800, Kenya Mary Moraa had too much kick for Olympic silver medalist Keely Hodgkinson to handle, storming to a 1:57.68–1:58.18 win. Sage Hurta, one of a small contingent of Americans to make the trip, ran 5th in 1:58.95.

The 3000 produced a world leader from South Sudan’s Dominic Lobalu, who slashed nearly 20 seconds off his NR to edge a fading Jacob Kiplimo at the line, running 7:29.48 to the Ugandan’s 7:29.55.

In the 100H, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn tuned up with a 12.46–12.50 win over Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan as reigning world champion Nia Ali ran 12.53 in 3rd. “I’ll take the win but I feel a bit under the weather,” she confessed. “I didn’t see much improvement. I just wanted to make it through safely, that’s all.”


STOCKHOLM MEN’S RESULTS

100(-0.5): 1. Akani Simbine (SA) 10.02; 2. Reece Prescod (GB) 10.15; 3. Jimmy Vicaut (Fra) 10.19; 4. Yupun Abeykoon (SrL) 10.21; 5. Mouhamadou Fall (Fra) 10.24; 6. Joris van Gool (Neth) 10.38; 7. Rohan Browning (Aus) 10.38.

800: 1. Slimane Moula (Alg) 1:44.60; 2. Benjamin Robert (Fra) 1:45.11; 3. Gabriel Tual (Fra) 1:45.29; 4. Andreas Kramer (Swe) 1:45.42; 5. Emmanuel Korir (Ken) 1:45.85; 6. Adrian Ben (Spa) 1:45.85; 7. Collins Kipruto (Ken) 1:45.86; 8. Ferguson Rotich (Ken) 1:48.05;… rabbit—Khaled Benmahdi (Alg) (49.71).

1500: 1. Filip Sasínek (CzR) 3:36.56; 2. Matthew Stonier (GB) 3:36.60; 3. Ronald Musagala (Uga) 3:36.90; 4. Matthew Ramsden (Aus) 3:37.05; 5. Samuel Pihlström (Swe) 3:37.23 PR; 6. Andrew Coscoran (Ire) 3:37.33;… rabbits—Adam Czerwinski (Pol) (56.36, 59.24 [1:55.60], Ben Buckingham (Aus) (2:55.87).

3000: 1. Dominic Lokinyomo Lobalu (SSud) 7:29.48 NR (out WL);

2. Jacob Kiplimo (Uga) 7:29.55; 3. Cornelius Kemboi (Ken) 7:31.26 PR; 4. Stewart McSweyn (Aus) 7:31.93 (5:02.47); 5. Thierry Ndikumwenayo (Bur) 7:34.91 PR; 6. Luis Grijalva (Gua) 7:38.67 out NR; 7. Mike Foppen (Neth) 7:43.37; 8. Narve Gilje Nordås (Nor) 7:44.28;… rabbit—Mounir Akbache (Fra) (2:30.38).

400H: 1. Alison dos Santos (Bra) 46.80 (WL) (x, 6 W);

2. CJ Allen (US) 48.28; 3. Kyron McMaster (BVI) 48.58; 4. Rasmus Mägi (Est) 48.77; 5. Carl Bengtström (Swe) 48.97; 6. Julien Watrin (Bel) 49.01; 7. Chris McAlister (GB) 49.76; 8. Sokwakhana Zazini (SA) 49.80.

Non-DL 4 x 100: 1. Netherlands 38.70; 2. Denmark 39.26; 3. Finland 39.31; 4. Switzerland 39.40; 5. Estonia 39.57; 6. Ireland 40.01; 7. Israel 40.11; 8. Sweden 40.86.

Field Events

PV: 1. Armand Duplantis (Swe) 20-2½ (6.16) (out WL ) (x, =5 W; 1, 1 out) (18-5½, 19-1½, 19-5½, 19-9¼ [out WL], 20-2½ [2]) (5.63, 5.83, 5.93, 6.03, 6.16 [2];

2. Chris Nilsen (US) 19-5½ (5.93) (17-8½, 18-5½, 18-9½, 19-1½ [2], 19-5½, 19-9¼ [xxx]) (5.40, 5.63, 5.73, 5.83 [2], 5.93, 6.03 [xxx]); 3. Thiago Braz (Bra) 19-5½ (17-8½ [2], 18-5½, 18-9½, 19-1½ [3], 19-5½ [2], 19-9¼ [xxx]) (5.40 [2], 5.63, 5.73, 5.83 [3], 5.93 [2], 6.03 [xxx]);

4. Pål Haugen Lillefosse (Nor) 19-1½ (5.83); 5. Renaud Lavillenie (Fra) 19-1½ (5.83); 6. Ernest John Obiena (Phi) 18-9½ (5.73); 7. tie, Sondre Guttormsen (Nor) & Ben Broeders (Bel) 18-5½ (5.63).

Non-DL LJ: 1. Miltiádis Tentóglou (Gre) 27-3¼ (8.31) (25-½, 25-7½, 25-6¼, f, 27-3¼, 26-7¾) (7.63, 7.81, 7.78, f, 8.31, 8.12); 2. Thobias Montler (Swe) 26-2¼ (7.98); 3. Filip Pravdica (Cro) 25-8w (7.82) (25-4¾/7.74); 4. Jules Pommery (Fra) 25-7¼ (7.80).

DT: 1. Kristjan Čeh (Slo) 229-9 (70.02) (222-3, f, f, f, 229-9, 227-8) (67.75, f, f, f, 70.02, 69.40); 2. Mykolas Alekna (Lit) 229-0 (69.81) PR (229-0, 222-5, 220-6, 220-6, 221-8, 213-8) (69.81, 67.80, 67.20, 67.21, 67.57, 65.14); 3. Daniel Ståhl (Swe) 221-8 (67.57) (f, 209-8, f, 213-4, 221-8, 217-1) (f, 63.90, f, 65.03, 67.57, 66.16);

4. Andrius Gudžius (Lit) 221-0 (67.37); 5. Sam Mattis (US) 208-11 (63.69); 6. Lawrence Okoye (GB) 207-10 (63.34); 7. Simon Pettersson (Swe) 207-4 (63.21); 8. Matt Denny (Aus) 205-0 (62.49).

JT: 1. Anderson Peters (Grn) 296-3 (90.31) (283-5, 277-2, 296-3, 278-11, p, 286-7) (86.39, 84.49, 90.31, 85.03, p, 87.36); 2. Neeraj Chopra (Ind) 295-1 (89.94) NR (295-1, 276-9, 286-11, 278-1, 284-4, 284-11) (89.94, 84.37, 87.46, 84.77, 86.67, 86.84);

3. Julian Weber (Ger) 292-3 (89.08) (266-2, f, 277-2, 267-8, 292-3, 262-5) (81.13, f, 84.48, 81.59, 89.08, 80.00); 4. Jakub Vadlejch (CzR) 290-7 (88.59); 5. Oliver Helander (Fin) 280-4 (85.46); 6. Kim Amb (Swe) 271-10 (82.86); 7. Vítězslav Veselý (CzR) 270-10 (82.57); 8. Andrian Mardare (Mol) 268-11 (81.96).

(best-ever mark-for-place: 4)

STOCKHOLM WOMEN’S RESULTS

200(0.1): 1. Dina Asher-Smith (GB) 22.37; 2. Mujinga Kambundji (Swi) 22.37; 3. Ida Kathrine Karstoft (Den) 22.90; 4. Tynia Gaither (Bah) 23.06; 5. Gina Bass (Gam) 23.31; 6. Ajla Del Ponte (Swi) 23.41.

Non-DL 400: 1. Anna Kiełbasińska (Pol) 50.60; 2. Lieke Klaver (Neth) 50.96; 3. Ama Pipi (GB) 51.80;.

800: 1. Mary Moraa (Ken) 1:57.68; 2. Keely Hodgkinson (GB) 1:58.18; 3. Catriona Bisset (Aus) 1:58.54; 4. Halimah Nakaayi (Uga) 1:58.85; 5. Sage Hurta (US) 1:58.95; 6. Prudence Sekgodisa (SA) 1:59.52; 7. Brooke Feldmeier (US) 1:59.73; 8. Hedda Hynne (Nor) 2:02.09; 9. Lovisa Lindh (Swe) 2:03.22;… rabbit—Sarah Billings (Aus) (57.45).

1500: 1. Linden Hall (Aus) 4:02.65 (3:16.29); 2. Winnie Nanyondo (Uga) 4:03.66; 3. Georgia Griffith (Aus) 4:04.75; 4. Agueda Muńoz (Spa) 4:07.51 PR; 5. Ellie Baker (GB) 4:08.63; 6. Sarah Healy (Ire) 4:08.81; 7. Klaudia Kazimierska (Pol) 4:09.87; 8. Viktória Wagner-Gyürkes (Hun) 4:09.88 PR;… rabbit—Jackie Baumann (Ger) (65.24, 57.54 [2:12.78]).

St: 1. Daisy Jepkemei (Kaz) 9:15.77 (6:12.05); 2. Alice Finot (Fra) 9:19.59 NR; 3. Chiara Scherrer (Swi) 9:24.16; 4. Nataliya Strebkova (Ukr) 9:24.54 NR; 5. Lea Meyer (Ger) 9:25.61 PR; 6. Fancy Cherono (Ken) 9:34.61; 7. Elena Burkard (Ger) 9:40.67; 8. Gesa-Felicitas Krause (Ger) 9:44.44; 9. Patrycja Kapała (Pol) 9:45.21 PR; 10. Emilia Lillemo (Swe) 9:46.97 PR;… rabbit—Rosefline Chepngetich (Ken) (3:05.37).

100H(-0.5): 1. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (PR) 12.46; 2. Tobi Amusan (Ngr) 12.50; 3. Nia Ali (US) 12.53; 4. Danielle Williams (Jam) 12.59; 5. Devynne Charlton (Bah) 12.65; 6. Nadine Visser (Neth) 12.76; 7. Pia Skrzyszowska (Pol) 12.91; 8. Tia Jones (US) 12.98.

400H: 1. Femke Bol (Neth) 52.27 (x, 10 W);

2. Rushell Clayton (Jam) 53.90; 3. Anna Ryzhykova (Ukr) 54.33; 4. Ayomide Folorunso (Ita) 54.66; 5. Viktoriya Tkachuk (Ukr) 54.72; 6. Viivi Lehikoinen (Fin) 54.80 PR; 7. Jessie Knight (GB) 54.89; 8. Cassandra Tate (US) 56.68.

Non-DL 400H: 1. Zeney Van Der Walt (SA) 54.99 PR; 2. Taylon Bieldt (SA) 55.30 PR.

Non-DL 4 x 100: 1. Switzerland 42.13 (WL);

2. Finland 43.90; 3. Ireland 44.25; 4. Austria 44.33 NR; 5. Denmark 44.46;… dq—Israel, Sweden.

Field Event

HJ: 1. Eleanor Patterson (Aus) 6-5 (1.96) ; 2. Yuliya Levchenko (Ukr) 6-4 (1.93); 3. Iryna Herashchenko (Ukr) 6-4; 4. Nadezhda Dubovitskaya (Kaz) 6-4; 5. Yaroslava Mahuchikh (Ukr) 6-2¼ (1.89); 6. Elena Vallortigara (Ita) 6-2¼; 7. tie, Ella Junnila (Fin) & Kateryna Tabashnyk (Ukr) 6-¾ (1.85).

LJ: 1. Lorraine Ugen (GB) 22-4¼ (6.81) (f, 21-0, 21-2, f, 22-4¼, f) (f, 6.40, 6.45, f, 6.81, f); 2. Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk (Ukr) 22-2¼ (6.76) (21-10¾, 21-6, 22-¼, 22-¾, 22-2¼, 22-¾) (6.67, 6.55, 6.71, 6.72, 6.76, 6.72); 3. Khaddi Sagnia (Swe) 22-1½ (6.74) (20-9¼, 21-6¼, f, f, 22-1½, f) (6.33, 6.56, f, f, 6.74, f);

4. Agate De Sousa (STP) 22-1 (6.73); 5. Malaika Mihambo (Ger) 22-¾ (6.72); 6. Ivana Vuleta (Ser) 21-10¼ (6.66); 7. Ese Brume (Ngr) 21-6¾ (6.57); 8. Jazmin Sawyers (GB) 20-11¾ (6.39).

SP: 1. Chase Ealey (US) 67-2¼ (20.48) (x, 3 A) (f, 66-7¼ [x, 3 A], 62-¼, f, 63-1½, 67-2¼) (f, 20.30, 18.90, f, 19.24, 20.48);

2. Sarah Mitton (Can) 65-3½ (19.90); 3. Auriol Dongmo (Por) 63-4 (19.30); 4. Jessica Schilder (Neth) 62-6¾ (19.07); 5. Danniel Thomas-Dodd (Jam) 61-7 (18.77); 6. Jessica Ramsey (US) 61-2 (18.64); 7. Fanny Roos (Swe) 60-2 (18.34).

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