Olympic champion Mondo Duplantis may have suffered a shock loss in Lausanne two days earlier but he sailed over 5.55m, 5.73m and 5.81m at his first attempt to control the competition at the Diamond League in Paris in the early stages on Saturday.

However at 5.91m, it did not all go to plan as Olympic finalist Ernest John Obiena was first to jump and he set a Philippines national record.

Duplantis and Tokyo silver medallist and Lausanne winner Chris Nilsen then failed their first attempts and moved the bar up to 5.96m, which Duplantis sailed over to regain the lead. But that was beyond Nilsen who thus had to settle for third.

He also then went clear at 6.01m before moving the bar up to a world record 6.19m and after a poor first attempt he came much closer with his second but it was beyond him this time.

Harry Coppell was unable to replicate his Olympic final form and failed to clear his opening height of 5.30m.

“I felt like it was really important for me to come back and try to get into the victory mode again, to try to get over six metres,” said Duplantis. “Especially after the competition in Lausanne. It was very important to do what I did today.

“The 6.19m – it is a very high bar. You have to have a perfect jump there. I feel like I am jumping really good, I felt like I will have some close attempts right now. But it has to be perfect. It is not that I am scared but it is that I have a lot of respect for the height.”

Source: AW