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. Iâ€™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; thatâ€™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 weâ€™ll see if the weather conditions will allow me to jump high. Iâ€™m really confident and Iâ€™ve done some really good training, so I think I can do it."
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