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Wednesday, 29 April 2015 16:04

Lavillenie's Next Outing is Doha Diamond League Meeting, Confirmed for July's Herculis

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Pole vault world record-holder and Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie will head to Monaco for the Herculis meeting on 17 July in the hope of winning for a fourth time at the IAAF Diamond League competition. His past three performances at the Louis II Stadium, each one separated by two years, speak for themselves, but bear reminder: In 2009 he won with 5.88m and then improved to 5.90m in 2011. Two years ago he triumphed again, this time with 5.96m, which was an IAAF Diamond League record until he bettered it himself with 6.02m in London one week later. There are several potential targets for Lavillenie to aim for in Monaco. 

The meeting record is 600, set by Maksim Tarasov in 1999. The stadium record belongs to Tim Mack with his 601 clearance from 2004. Lavillenie owns the IAAF Diamond League record with his 602. His next pole vault competition (after suffering his first defeat in 11 outings this year in Des Moines) is in Doha at the IAAF Diamond League meeting on May 15.

He spoke to media in a teleconference organised by the IAAF, saying, "For next year, my goal is to win a second Olympic gold medal in Rio. I’m still really excited and really motivated. My first Olympic title in London was a great competition which has given me good memories. I want to recreate those good memories at the next Olympics; that’s what keeps me motivated in training every day." He also added: "For Doha my goal is to break the meeting record and set a world-leading mark. I hope I can jump about 590, but we’ll see if the weather conditions will allow me to jump high. I’m really confident and I’ve done some really good training, so I think I can do it."

Courtesy EME News/Alfonz Juck

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