Olympic star and world champion Mondo Duplantis won the indoor meet in Berlin on Friday with a height of 6.06m but failed in three attempts to set a new world record of 6.22m.
The 42nd career clearance over six meters for the Swede and the second of the winter after his 6.10mi Uppsala last week.
On Friday, Duplantis easily won 5.60m, 5.82m, 5.91m and 6.06m before falling short in her attempt to better her own world record of 6.21m set in Eugene in July of last year.
“My effort at 6.22m was good, I was closer than last week and that’s good,” he said.
“To get 6.22 and everything has to be perfect, I wasn’t perfect enough to come here.”
His closest rivals on Friday were Ernest John Obiena of the Philippines and Australian Kurtis Marschall who cleared 5.82m.
Duplantis has two more competitions this winter to try to improve his world record in Lievin on February 15 and Clermont 10 days later.
He will then decide whether or not to participate in the European Indoor Championships in Istanbul from March 2-5.
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