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Monday, 26 January 2015 18:03

Lavillenie Clears 600 cm

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Renaud Lavillenie, the 2014 World Athlete of the Year, posted a world-leading pole vault mark of six metres in Rouen, France on Jan. 24 at the special pole vault meet. He tried at 610 afterwards. In front of a packed audience in the Stade Sottevillais 76, he opened at 570 and, with the competition already won, then went over 5.86m, clearing both heights with his first attempt before asking for the bar to be raised to 6.00m.

Second in Rouen was his younger brother Valentin, who equalled his personal best when he went over 5.70m with his first attempt before failing at 5.78m. Poland’s Piotr Lisek also cleared a best height of 5.70m but needed three tries to do so and finished third while Germany's reigning world champion Raphael Holzdeppe could go no higher than 5.60m and placed fifth. Greece’s 2012 European Championships bronze medallist Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou won the women’s competition with her second attempt clearance at 4.67m before attempting unsuccessfully an absolute national record of 4.77m. French record holder Marion Fiack was second with 4.62m while Brazil’s former world champion Fabiana Murer cleared, like Fiack, 462. From the IAAF.

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