Renaud Lavillenie clears 6.02m, the World Leader, a view from Europe, by EME News

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Lavillenie soars, photo by PhotoRun.net

The pole vault in Portland continues to look like a fantastic battle on both the men and women's sides. Renaud Lavillenie is soaring!

Lavillenie 602 WL
CLERMONT-FERRAND (FRA, Feb 21): All Star Perche was getting lot of flair from Donetsk to be remembered and this year was organised under leadership of Renaud Lavillenie. And he jumped so well. He had first failures only at World record height 617. Until then all in first 570, 584, 591 and World leading 602. Second Shawn Barber despite jumping on Saturday in Glasgow cleared 591 (his 2nd best of the season) and had good tries at 602. Tie for third Kostadinos Filippidis Greek record and Sam Kendricks 584, but also fifth Pawel Wojciechowski 584. Piotr Lisek as 6th went over 577. No height this time for Raphael Holzdeppe at 570. In women battle 471 was the winning height. Fabiana Murer did it in second and Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou in third. Both then passed 476 and did not clear 481. Third Swiss Nicole Buchler 462, the same height for German Lisa Ryzih and surprise improvement for Czech Romana Malacova also 462. Venezuela´s Rosbeilys Peinado jumped South American junior indoor record 452. Interesting to note that Murer saved herself at her opening height of 452 only in third attempt.

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