European Championships: Valiant Steve Lewis misses out on medal

COMMONWEALTH Games hero Steve Lewis missed out on another place on the podium after going all or nothing in his bid for European Championships glory.

The pole vaulter, from Light Oaks, cleared 5.40m in Zurich this afternoon then had an attempt at 5.60m before two efforts at 5.70m.

Clearing would have earned him a medal – and it would have equaled his season’s best effort outdoor this year – but he could not quite get over the bar.

There was no surprise as world record holder Renaud Lavillenie (France) claimed his third Euro gold on the spin with a vault of 5.90m.

Pawel Wojciechowski (Poland) took silver with 5.70m while Jan Kudlicka (Czech Republic) and Kevin Menaldo (France) also got over 5.70m and shared bronze on countback.

Lewis can still look back on a return to world class form, capped with that gold medal performance at the Commonwealths in Glasgow earlier this month.

He said: “Tried my best today but didn’t feel myself. I knew 5.70 would get me close and I gave it a good shot. I think my body is ready to shut down!

“Thank you everyone for your support this year, I walk away from 2014 as Commonwealth Games champion, that is more than I could ever ask for.”



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