Renaud Lavillenie, Goteborg 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net
Renaud Lavillenie, 2013 Pole Vault Summit, photo by PhotoRun.net
Renaud Lavillenie had one of those glorious days, that, if one is lucky, one might have had one in a career. Lavillenie had one such day last year at the European Indoors, then, finished, shooting for the stars, with a tough call by the officials.
Today, however was different. In Rouen, France, Lavillenie got in his safety jump, a first clearance at 5.67 meters. Then, two times at 5.83 meters, and a first attempt at 5.93 meters. Both 5.83m and 5.93m were WL for 2014!
Then, Renaud Lavillenie soared, going for the stars, and reached them today, clearing 6.04 meters on his first attempt. Our reports say the crowd went crazy, as they watched Lavillenie, and were treated to not only a French indoor record, but also a British indoor record as well!
Sergey Bubka and Renaud Lavillenie, Euro Indoors 2011,
photo by PhotoRun.net
But today was for le roi de le perche, Renaud Lavillenie, who is now, only behind Sergey Bubka and Steven Hooker on the all time indoor performance list!
Congrats, Monsieur Lavillenie, France and the athletic world tip a beverage to you on your fantastic performance!
LAVILLENIE MORE THAN IMPRESSIVE 604 NR
ROUEN (FRA, Jan 25): Olympic winner Renaud Lavillenie showed a superb shape at the French Elite Tour meet in Rouen. He cleared right in first attempt overall French record 604 and did not touch the bar. Indoors only Sergey Bubka and Steve Hooker jumped higher. It was his fifth jump of the evening (567/1 – 583/2 – 593/1). But that was not all, he tried three times at World record height 616 cm. The crowds in the hall got crazy. Second Luke Cutts achieved not only 575 personal best but in first attempt new British record 583. Third Kevin Menaldo who equaled his PB 575 in first attempt and fourth Pawel Wojciechowski of Poland 575 in second, another standard for home World Champs in Sopot for him after injury break. In the women competition Czech Jirina Svobodova cleared 463 in jump-off with Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou who was second with 455. Third Vanessa Boslak 446.
Larry Eder has had a 50-year involvement in the sport of athletics. Larry has experienced the sport as an athlete, coach, magazine publisher, and now, journalist and blogger. His first article, on Don Bowden, America's first sub-4 minute miler, was published in RW in 1983. Larry has published several magazines on athletics, from American Athletics to the U.S. version of Spikes magazine. He currently manages the content and marketing development of the RunningNetwork, The Shoe Addicts, and RunBlogRun. Of RunBlogRun, his daily pilgrimage with the sport, Larry says: "I have to admit, I love traveling to far away meets, writing about the sport I love, and the athletes I respect, for my readers at runblogrun.com, the most of anything I have ever done, except, maybe running itself."
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