Print Edition - 2018-03-06 | Sports
Lavillenie clinches pole vault title
Mar 6, 2018-
France’s Renaud Lavillenie displayed all his experience to bag a “crazy” third world indoor pole vault title on Sunday as Briton Andrew Pozzi hailed the late Roger Bannister as the inspiration behind his hurdles triumph.
In a bold show of gamesmanship, the Frenchman came into the competition at 5.70 metres—which six of the 15-strong field failed to make—passed at 5.80 and went clear at 5.85 and 5.90 after one failure at the latter. With no fewer than nine men owning season’s bests of 5.88m or better, the pressure was on at the business end of a gripping vaulting display.
American Sam Hendricks (5.85) eventually took silver from Poland’s Piotr Lisek on countback as a host of rivals fell by the wayside. But world record holder Lavillenie was left punching the air in triumph as he cleared 5.90 for a title to add to his previous wins in 2016 and 2012.
Published: 06-03-2018 09:20