Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Renaud Lavillenie breaks world indoor record in pole vault

Renaud Lavillenie broke Sergei Bubka's 21-year-old indoor pole vault world record at the same Donetsk meeting where the Ukrainian great set the old mark in 1993. The Frenchman, the Olympic champion, vaulted 6.16 metres at his first attempt to improve the record by one centimetre and, to make the moment sweeter, Bubka was present to witness it and was among the first to congratulate him. Lavillenie, or 'Airlavallenie' as his fans nickname him, put his head in his hands and ran round the auditorium celebrating. Bubka, who still holds the outdoor world record of 6.14m set in 1994, says Lavillenie has begun a fresh chapter in the event. "A new era in the sport has arrived," said the 50-year-old, who has forged a new career in sports administration and is a prominent member of the International Olympic Committee. "Today the winner is an Olympic champion, someone who already has tasted success several times. "We were anticipating this happening and we are delighted that it happened here in Donetsk. "I like this guy a lot. "I am sure that it is not the last time he will do this and that other stunning successes await him." Lavillenie subsequently made an unsuccessful attempt at 6.21m. He has yet to win the world outdoor title, having garnered two bronzes in 2009 and 2011 and silver last year. AFP