Renaud Lavillenie is on a roll. His win at the World Indoor, against Sam Kendricks, Piotr Lisek, and Raphael Holzdeppe, to name but a few, gave him a renewed confidence.
His jumping so far this spring, including a 5.95 meter clearance in Austin, Texas shows a man who has regained fitness and is healthy after a time of fitness challenges.
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Lavillenie extended his world-leading mark in the pole vault to 5.95m at the Texas Invitational in Austin.
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— European Athletics (@EuroAthletics) May 2, 2018
In Shanghai, Renaud Lavillenie was dealing with weather and jet lag, as were the other vaulters. Lavillenie passed at 5.31 meters, 5.46 meters and 5.61 meters. Renaud took 5.71 meters on his second attempt. He also took two attempts at 5.81 meters, and like Lisek made three attempts at 5.86 meters. Lavillenie won as Lisek needed three attempts at 5.81 meters.
— Costas Goulas (@lsabre_Avenger) May 12, 2018
This win is a nice way to start the dL for Lavillenie. The bottom line is, unlike the past three years, Renaud is healthy and confident.
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— IAAF Diamond League (@Diamond_League) May 11, 2018
“I am feeling happy. It was not an easy day today. The conditions were very hard. It was nice to get the win (Lavillenie’s first at the Shanghai meet since 2014). There is definitely more room for improvement. I only jumped off 16 steps today and my full run up is 20. The most important thing for me is I am injury- free, and I wasn’t last season.”
The men’s pole vault continues to be on of our most entertaining events ont he circuilt.