Pole vault: “I miss the spark”, Renaud Lavillenie misses the Olympic minimums again

Pole vault: “I miss the spark”, Renaud Lavillenie misses the Olympic minimums again

Candidate to be standard bearer, Renaud Lavillenie must first think about ensuring his qualification. Barely 40 days before the start of the Olympic Games, the pole vaulter once again missed the minimums this Saturday at Le Bourget. The former world record holder, strapped in the thigh, stopped after three missed attempts upon entering the competition at 5.60 m, far from the required 5.82 m.

The 2012 Olympic champion, 37, explained that he was injured during his jump of 5.70 m at the Pierre-Bénite meeting a week ago. “Even though I don’t have any pain, my brain has been racing all week. I’m missing that little spark that would have allowed me to move the pole forward correctly,” he said on the tarmac of the Air and Space Museum in Le Bourget where the competition took place.

“I’m clearly not going to give up”

“Obviously, what I felt at Pierre-Bénite was a big blow to me because I was coming back well and the minimums were going to be a formality for me in the days to come,” he said. he explains. The Clermontois still has two opportunities to achieve the minimums, at the Toulouse meeting on June 21, then at the French Championships in Angers, from June 28 to 30.

“I’m clearly not going to give up because it’s not my nature, it’s not when I’m closest to it that I’m going to stop,” assured the former world record holder (6 .16 m in 2014). If he succeeds, he will likely be selected by the French Federation among the three tickets open to French pole vaulters.

Only one, Thibaut Collet, has so far crossed the minimums. Baptiste Thiry and Robin Emig, finalists at the recent European Championships in Rome, also have until June 30 to succeed in their turn.

Before this competition, Lavillenie managed to jump 5.72m in May in Poland during his second competition since returning from injury. Having undergone surgery on his hamstrings, he remained ten months without participating in a competition. Paris 2024 would be its fourth Olympic meeting.


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