Lavillenie breaks world pole vault record

Olympic champion clears 6.16m to break Sergey Bubka’s 21-year-old mark in Donetsk

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Renaud Lavillenie (Mark Shearman)

Renaud Lavillenie hit new heights in Donetsk on Saturday as he cleared 6.16m to break Sergey Bubka’s pole vault world record.

Having cleared the record height on his first attempt, the Olympic champion went on to attempt 6.21m when competing in the Ukrainian city in front of Bubka himself.

Lavillenie only tried that height once though, before celebrating his achievement which adds one centimetre to the indoor world record set by Bubka almost 21 years ago on February 21, 1993.

Bubka also owns the highest clearance outdoors, with 6.14m in 1994.

Lavillenie later tweeted: “RECORD DU MONDE!!!!!!!! 6m16 au premier essai!!! C’est incroyable, je suis encore dans les airs …”, the final part reading “I’m still in the air”.

Olympic pole vault champion Jenn Suhr was recently among those to voice how she believed the world record would soon be Lavillenie’s, following the Frenchman’s clearance of 6.08m in Bydgoszcz just over two weeks ago.

“I’ve been following Renaud’s performances and they’ve been above and beyond what I thought he could do at this stage of the season,” she said.

Luke Cutts, who set a British record of 5.83m in France last month and won the UK Indoor title in Sheffield last weekend, finished second behind Lavillenie with a best of 5.81m.

Brazil’s 2011 world champion Fabiana Murer won the women’s competition with 4.62m.

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