The American-born Swede was bidding for a world record 6.17 metres when he brushed off the bar with his arm during his second attempt at the height. Had Duplantis succeeded, he would have topped Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie’s 6.16m set in Ukraine on Feb. 15, 2014.
“I thought it was possible,” Duplantis said of the record attempt at his opening indoor meeting. “You don’t think that everything’s going to be put together in your first meet just because you’re physically fit. But it came together. It came together nicely. ”
World champion Sam Kendricks finished second at 5.80m.