Olympic champions Mondo Duplantis and Marcell Jacobs returns with a win at the ISTAF Indoor – a World Athletics Indoor Tour Silver meeting – in Berlin on Friday 4.
Sweden’s pole vault star Duplantis added a centimetre to his own world lead, clearing 6.03m to also break the meeting record before a good attempt at a world record, while Italy’s Jacobs ran 6.51 to win the men’s 60m final in his first event since claiming Olympic 100m and 4x100m gold in Tokyo.
It was a bit of a bumpy road for Duplantis to get into a position to attack his own world record of 6.18m, but once there he had two good attempts. While USA’s KC Lightfoot sailed over 5.92m at his first attempt, Duplantis needed all three tries to clear it. After another failed attempt at 6.03m, he then returned to a more familiar form and cleared the height well, improving the world lead of 6.02m he had set in Karlsruhe the week before and the meeting record of the same height which had been set by Renaud Lavillenie in 2015.
Duplantis then attempted 6.19m, with his second and third attempts at the world record height being very close.
Lightfoot finished second with 5.92m and Germany’s Oleg Zernikel cleared a personal best of 5.81m to take third place.
Leading from the start, there was no catching Jacobs in the 60m. He first ran 6.57 to win his heat and then improved to 6.51 in the final – his second-quickest time behind his national record of 6.47 set when winning the European indoor title in Torun last year.
He finished ahead of Arthur Cisse of the Ivory Coast who clocked 6.60 and France’s Jimmy Vicaut with 6.61.