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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Lavillenie continues to fly high in the Diamond Race – IAAF Diamond League

Monaco - With four of the 14 meetings of the 2013 IAAF Diamond League season completed, France’s Olympic Pole Vault champion Renaud Lavillenie, one of the stars of tonight’s Golden Gala Pietro Mennea in Rome’s 1960 Olympic Stadium, continues to fly high above his peers in the all-time statistics of the Diamond Race. The Diamond Race is the annual season-long points battle in the 32 event disciplines which is at the core of the IAAF Diamond League. The IAAF Diamond League has quickly established itself as the toughest athletics competition outside of the IAAF World Championships or the Olympic Games. Currently only nine athletes have managed to take a Diamond Race victory in each of the four years of the IAAF Diamond League and only 37 athletes have finished in a top three points scoring position. Standing out above them all is Lavillenie who has an all-time total of 14 victories in a single discipline in the IAAF Diamond League. The Frenchman’s first outing in the 2013 series, a world-leading 5.95m in Eugene last Saturday, was an all-time record for the IAAF Diamond League. There have so far been four IAAF Diamond League records broken this year, with Mutaz Essa Barshim’s 2.40m jump in Eugene, Kirani James’ 44.02 400m in Shanghai and Brittney Reese’s 7.25m leap in Doha, joining Lavillenie’s vault as the best ever performances in those events during the short life span of athletics’ top tier invitational circuit which began in 2010. New Zealand’s World and Olympic champion shot putter Valerie Villi with 13 Diamond Race wins is the second most successful athlete all-time in a single event. In the early stages of this year’s Diamond Race, Lavillenie currently is in the joint lead in the Pole Vault with Greece’s Konstadínos Filippídis, while in the women’s Shot Put, Adams shares the top spot with Germany’s Christina Schwanitz.