Sweden's Duplantis breaks own pole vault world record

Sweden's Armand Duplantis has broken his own pole vault world record with an amazing clearance of 6.22m and Australian rival Kurtis Marschall smashed his personal best at the World Athletics (WA) indoor meet in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

After knocking the bar in his first two attempts at the height, the 23-year-old Olympic champion cleared the mark with room to spare on the third try, letting out a cheer as the crowd went into a frenzy of celebration.

The Swedish superstar had barely touched the mat before a spray of sparklers went off and meet director Renaud Lavillenie, the Olympic champion in 2012, ran to embrace him.

Duplantis had the competition won already when he cleared 6.01m on the first try, as Marschall finished second with a 5.91m leap while the Netherlands' Menno Vloon took third on countback.

Duplantis set the previous record of 6.21m on his way to winning gold at the world championships in Eugene, Oregon, last July.

Saturday's effort marks the sixth world record of his career and the 60th time the Swede has cleared six metres or higher, after enjoying his best-ever season debut with a 6.10m win to cheer the home fans in Uppsala earlier this month.

Two-times Commonwealth Games gold medallist Marschall added 9cm to his previous PB of 5.82m set two years ago in Zagreb.

At the WA gold indoor meet in Birmingham on Saturday (early Sunday AEDT), Australian Catrona Bisset finished second in the women's 800m in 1:59.83 as world silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson set a British record of 1:57.18.

Hodgkinson had been eyeing the indoor world record of 1:55.82 that was set by Jolanda Ceplak on the day the Englishwoman was born almost 21 years ago.

Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay stormed to the second-fastest women's indoor 3000m of all time, clocking 8:16.69.

With Reuters.