Athletics

Renaud Lavillenie breaks indoor Pole Vault record

Lavillenie jumps 6.16m in Ukraine (©GettyImages)
Lavillenie jumps 6.16m in Ukraine (©GettyImages).

The long-standing Pole Vault record of Sergey Bubka has finally been toppled by Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie. 

The Frenchman jumped a staggering 6.16 metres whilst competing at Pole Vault stars meeting at Sestriere in Ukraine.

"I think it's going to take me some time to come back to earth because it's incredible," Lavillenie told the IAAF website.  "This is a world record that is so mythical, and to clear it on the first jump, without touching (the bar); there's nothing to say. It's just a moment to savour."

Lavillenie jump exceeds that of Sergey Bubka, who set a world record of 6.15 metres in 1993. Bubka is the founder of the competition was present and witnessed the Frenchman smash his record.

"I think this is a great day, a fantastic performance, I am very happy that Renaud did this record in my home city where I did 6.15," said Bubka.

"I'm very happy and proud for him, because he's a great athlete and a fantastic role model."

"I'm not disappointed because I thought this already before, even yesterday when we had a discussion about the record with Renaud," he added. "I felt it would be great if this guy could continue and receive the baton from me and bring glory to athletics."

Bubka still holds the record for outdoor pole vault, at a height of 6.14 metres, but it may only be a matter of time before Lavillenie claims the record for his own. The world indoor champion is bound to improve on his personal best of 6.08 metres when outdoor season kicks off.

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