Karl Stefanovic loses it over 20-year-old phenom's 'pash' with mum

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

Karl Stefanovic has lost it on air over a 20-year-old pole vault phenom’s sweet moment with his mother.

Armand Duplantis of Sweden broke the world pole vault record of 6.17 metres at an indoor meeting in Poland on Saturday.

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Duplantis, the US-born 20-year-old who won silver at last year's world championships in Doha, cleared the bar on his second attempt in Torun to break the previous record of 6.16m set by French vaulter Renaud Lavillenie in February 2014.

“It's something that I wanted since I was three years old,” Duplantis told the website of World Athletics.

“It's a big year, but it's a good way to start it.”

Karl Stefanovic ridiculed Armand Duplantis for kissing his mother. Image: Today Show

Duplantis was in shock after the incredible accomplishment, racing over to the stands and planting a kiss on his mother to celebrate.

After viewing the clip of Duplantis and his mum on the Today Show on Monday, Stefanovic couldn’t help but ridicule the moment.

“Whoa whoa easy easy. Geez he’s very close to his mum isn’t he,” Stefanovic said of the kiss on the lips.

“It’s quite the pash to celebrate, those pole vaulters do things differently don’t they. This is an age old debate, do you still kiss you mum and dad on the lips?”

Stefanovic then called on viewers to let the show know what they thought.

“Let us know what you think, kissing on the lips, is it fine for your mum,” he asked.

“It’s not my cup of tea. I can’t remember the last time I pashed mum.”

Second time lucky for Duplantis

Lavillenie, the 2012 Olympic champion, said he was not surprised his record had been eclipsed.

“It's not a surprise. For two years now I knew he had the potential,” the 33-year-old Frenchman told RMC Sports after competing at a meeting in Rouen.

“Records are made to be beaten. He has got time on his side to definitely do even better and that's a great thing."

Duplantis had almost broken the record at a meeting in Duesseldorf on Tuesday.

His performance marks him out as a clear favourite for the Olympic title in Tokyo this year.

Armand Duplantis reacts after breaking the world record. (Photo by Foto Olimpik/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Long considered the man most likely to push the event forward, Duplantis began breaking age group records aged seven.

He announced his prodigious talent to a wider audience when he won the European outdoor title in Berlin in 2018 with a vault of 6.05m, a world junior record.

Coached by his American father Greg -- himself a former pole vaulter who cleared 5.80m -- Duplantis was a product of a track and field-crazy family which had their own vaulting apparatus in the garden.

He competed for Louisiania State University in the United States last year.

with AFP