The world record chase resumes again for Mondo Duplantis and Karsten Warholm at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea Wanda Diamond League meeting in Rome on Thursday (17).
Both pole vaulter Duplantis and 400m hurdler Warholm have been agonisingly close to their respective world marks at various meetings over the last month, and time is running out to break new ground as the outdoor track season draws towards an end over the next two weeks in this confounding year.
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Of late, Duplantis, who set world records of 6.17m and 6.18m on the World Athletics Indoor Tour in February, has made it his habit to focus on winning the competition first, and then to put the bar straight to 6.15m in a bid to topple Sergey Bubka’s 26-year-old outdoor monument of 6.14m.
That’s exactly what he did at the ISTAF Continental Tour meeting in Berlin on Sunday, but a swirling wind thwarted his ambitions that day.