Mondo Duplantis’s PR Progression, From 5-6 To 19-5½

Mondo reached his all-time high of 19-5½ with room to spare on this vault. (BRYAN WAYNE)

It’s always fun to look at an athlete’s progression of marks, but rarely do we get to see something as detailed as this one for vault prodigy Mondo Duplantis. The Duplantis family—specifically grandfather Bob—has charted his career very well, and in conjunction with numbers from T&FN’s HS Editor Jack Shepard, here’s the Louisiana star’s 55-entry chart of PRs, starting at age 6. Note that age 6 was the last one where—so far, at least—he failed to vault his age. He vaulted his age at 7 and at least a foot over his age at 8 on up, with 2-foot figures coming in for 10, 15, 16 & 17. He still has a chance to do a 2-footer for 18, but we suspect that even with his marvelous talents that a 2-footer at 19 is out of the question!

In the prog, metric marks to 3 decimal places were heights measured in English that don’t have a 2-digit equivalent on the Big Gold Book conversion tables. (A) = mark made at more than 1000m altitude; I = indoor mark. The chart:

Age 18
5.93 | 19-5½ Baton Rouge, Louisiana May 05, 2018
5.92 | 19-5 Austin, Texas March 31, 2018
Age 17
5.90 | 19-4¼ Austin, Texas April 01, 2017
5.82 | 19-1i New York, New York March 11, 2017
5.75 | 18-10¼i New York, New York February 11, 2017
5.72 | 18-9¼i Baton Rouge, Louisiana February 04, 2017
5.65 | 18-6½i Baton Rouge, Louisiana February 04, 2017
5.615 | 18-5i Baton Rouge, Louisiana January 07, 2017
5.54 | 18-2i Baton Rouge, Louisiana January 07, 2017
Age 16
5.51 | 18-1 Norköpping, Sweden July 13, 2016
5.50 | 18-½i Baton Rouge, Louisiana February 06, 2016
5.45 | 17-10½i Baton Rouge, Louisiana February 06, 2016
5.335 | 17-6i(A) Reno, Nevada January 16, 2016
Age 15
5.30 | 17-4½ Cali, Colombia July 19, 2015
5.285 | 17-4 Natchitoches, Louisiana April 29, 2015
5.21 | 17-1 Austin, Texas March 27, 2015
5.13 | 16-10 Lafayette, Louisiana March 09, 2015
5.12 | 16-9½i Baton Rouge, Louisiana February 21, 2015
5.10 | 16-8¾i New York, New York February 14, 2015
5.08 | 16-8i(A) Reno, Nevada January 17, 2015
4.905 | 16-1i Baton Rouge, Louisiana January 10, 2015
4.88 | 16-0i New Iberia, Louisiana November 29, 2014
Age 14
4.74 | 15-7i Jonesboro, Arkansas November 08, 2014
4.59 | 15-1 Lafayette, Louisiana April 05, 2014
4.52 | 14-10i(A) Reno, Nevada January 17, 2014
Age 13
4.445 | 14-7i Santa Rosa Beach, Florida October 26, 2013
4.41 | 14-6 Lafayette, Louisiana March 21, 2013
4.26 | 14-0 Lafayette, Louisiana March 21, 2013
4.21 | 13-10 Lafayette, Louisiana March 21, 2013
4.115 | 13-6i(A) Reno, Nevada January 19, 2013
Age 12
3.96 | 13-¼i(A) Reno, Nevada January 21, 2012
Age 11
3.91 | 12-10 New Iberia, Louisiana July 04, 2011
3.88 | 12-9i(A) Reno, Nevada January 09, 2011
Age 10
3.86 | 12-8 Clovis, California August 05, 2010
3.84 | 12-7¼ Göteborg, Sweden July 03, 2010
3.835 | 12-7 Metairie, Louisiana June 10, 2010
3.685 | 12-1 Metairie, Louisiana June 10, 2010
3.65 | 12-0 Baton Rouge, Louisiana May 16, 2010
3.505 | 11-6 Baton Rouge, Louisiana May 16, 2010
3.405 | 11-2i(A) Reno, Nevada January 30, 2010
3.30 | 10-10i(A) Reno, Nevada January 30, 2010
Age 9
3.20 | 10-6 New Iberia, Louisiana July 04, 2009
3.125 | 10-3 New Iberia, Louisiana July 04, 2009
3.09 | 10-2 New Orleans, Louisiana June 07, 2009
3.075 | 10-1 Baton Rouge, Louisiana May 16, 2009
3.05 | 10-0 Baton Rouge, Louisiana March 07, 2009
Age 8
2.895 | 9-6 New Orleans, Louisiana October 12, 2008
2.76 | 9-1 New Orleans, Louisiana October 12, 2008
2.61 | 8-7 New Orleans, Louisiana October 12, 2008
2.59 | 8-6 Baton Rouge, Louisiana June 07, 2008
2.46 | 8-1 Baton Rouge, Louisiana June 07, 2008
Age 7
2.33 | 7-8 Jonesboro, Arkansas October 13, 2007
2.235 | 7-4 Lafayette, Louisiana October 06, 2007
2.135 | 7-0 Lafayette, Louisiana October 06, 2007
Age 6
1.67 | 5-6(A) Reno, Nevada August 12, 2006