The men’s Pole Vault will feature not only Lavillenie but also the two with whom he shared the London podium, Germans Björn Otto and Raphael Holzdeppe, respectively the silver and bronze medallists.
Lavillenie already has had a hot start this winter, increasing his season best with every outing and standing currently as the world leader with 5.92m. But Otto came close to that earlier this week in Cottbus when he cleared 5.90m, a world indoor masters M35 best.
The field, almost exclusively a French-German affair with no fewer than nine vaulters boasting PBs of 5.70m or better, includes former World indoor silver medallist Malte Mohr, European indoor silver medallist Jerome Clavier, 2008 World junior bronze medallist Karsten Dilla, and as a geographic outsider, Ukraine’s Maksym Mazuryk, the fourth-place finisher from the Berlin World championships. Lavillenie’s 21-year-old brother Valentin is also part of the competition.