Renaud Lavillenie, a guy just likes to have fun....(well, he's a pole vaulter, and he's a bit bored)


1582451717.jpgMondo Duplantis, Renaud Lavillenie, Sam Kendricks, photo by SVT Nyheter

Renaud Lavillenie is one of our favorite athletes. Renaud vaults with emotion and a genuine love of his event. The French superstar is incredibly competitive, and he has cleared 5.80m over 150 times.

Renaud Lavillenie broke Sergei Bubka's 6.15m WR ( set in Donetsk, Ukraine, on 21 February 1993), on 15 February 2014, in the exact same meet and exact same arena as Mr. Bubka. @airlavillenie then attempted 6.21m, and missed, gashing his foot, and requiring several stitches. He missed the end of the indoor season, but we saw him outdoors in 2014, and each season since then.

Renaud is using creative ways to keep himself entertained.

We show two below, after showing Renauds voting reminder for @airlavillenie:

The king of the pole vault (PBs outdoor of 6.05, Eugene, 2015 at Pre) and 6.16m indoor, Donetsk) saw his indoor WR broken twice, once on Feb 8, and next on Feb. 15, going 6.17 and 6.18m by Swedish wunderkid Mondo Duplantis.

Now, Renaud is a class act. He shows that one may compete with all of their heart and still be friends when not vaulting. That is one of the fine lessons of athletics, and is something that I see, more and morre wtih athletes in our magnifiscent sport.

We really liked this one:

This may be another way to amuse oneself in a lockdown:

Now, lets see what Sam Kendricks and Mondo Duplantis are doing.....

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