the evolution of the pole vault world record

Combined photo showing Renaud Lavillenie (left) and Ukraine’s Sergueï Bubka, after the new pole vault world record set by the Frenchman, on February 15, 2014 (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO, ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP/Files)

Since Sergueï Bubka became the first to jump 6 meters on July 13, 1985 in Paris, the pole vault world record, set at 6.20m by Armand Duplantis on Sunday, has been improved 17 times, including 12 by Bubka.

Evolution of the world record from the step of 6.10 meters:

– 6.10 meters: Sergei Bubka (USSR), August 5, 1991 in Malmö (Sweden)

– 6.11 meters: Sergei Bubka (UKR), June 13, 1992 in Dijon (France)

– 6.12 meters: Sergei Bubka (UKR), August 30, 1992 in Padua (Italy)

– 6.13 meters: Sergei Bubka (UKR), September 19, 1992 in Tokyo

– 6.14 meters: Sergei Bubka (UKR), July 31, 1994 in Sestriere (Italy)

– 6.16 meters: Renaud Lavillenie (FRA), February 15, 2014 in Donetsk (Ukraine) indoors

– 6.17 meters: Armand Duplantis (SWE), February 8, 2020 in Torun (Poland) indoors

– 6.18 meters: Armand Duplantis (SWE), February 15, 2020 in Glasgow (United Kingdom) indoors

– 6.19 meters: Armand Duplantis (SWE), March 7, 2022 in Belgrade (Serbia) indoors

Swedish Armand Duplantis crosses the record bar of 6.20m in the pole vault at the World Championships in Belgrade, on March 20, 2022
Sweden’s Armand Duplantis crosses the 6.20m pole vault record bar at the World Championships in Belgrade, March 20, 2022 (ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP)

– 6.20 meters: Armand Duplantis (SWE), March 20, 2022 in Belgrade (Serbia) indoors

NB: The International Athletics Federation modified its rules in 2000 allowing indoor jumps to be recognized as world records. The highest jump was achieved by Bubka with 6.15 m in February 1993 in Donetsk.

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