Men's Pole Vault Mania!London WC PV presser, with Piotr Lisek, POL, silver, Sam Kendricks, US, Renaud Lavillenie, FRA, bronze.

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An absolutely superb presser with Piotr Lisek, POL, silver, Sam Kendricks, US, Renaud Lavillenie, FRA, bronze. These guys are three of @runblogrun's faves, as they help us appreciate their event.

LaVillenie_Renaud1-WC17.JPGRenaud Lavillenie, Photo by PhotoRun.net

What a pole vault competition! Piotr Lisek, Sam Kendricks and Renaud Lavillenie put on a show in the London Olympic stadium. All three worthy medalists and the future and present of pole vault in the final. Big theme in technical events is the absolute growth of China's athletes, with their fourth in the pole vault.

Lisek_Piotr-WC17.JPGPiotr Lisek, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sam Kendricks, the extremely likable American, respects and idolizes Renaud Lavillenie. It was touching to see Sam teasing Renaud a bit at the presser, knowing the WR holder was a bit frustrated. But Renaud, smiling, made it clear, he was going for gold, and silver or bronze was the same to him. Piotr Lisek, European Indoor Champion, as well as bronze medalist in Beijing and Portland World Indoor, moves up to silver in the World Champs.

Kendricks_SamLook-WC17.JPGSam Kendricks, King of his domain, photo by PhotoRun.net

A nice, moving conversation with the kings of the pole vault.

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