It’s tough being a favourite.

  • It’s tough being a favourite. The Olympic pole vault champion Renaud Lavillenie was supposed to waltz – well, not literally – to the world title. The 26-year-old Frenchman had jumped 6.02 metres a fortnight ago during the Anniversary Games in London. Ah, but that was London where he’d won Olympic gold last year. Here in Moscow , the pole vault competitors had to start the approach for their jumps on the running track in the Luzhniki – they didn’t have to do that in London . And they also had to wait for races on the track to start or pass by – they didn’t have to do that in London either. To cut a long story short, Raphael Holzdeppe from Germany is the world champion and Lavillenie is the silver medallist. They both jumped 5.89 metres but Lavillenie took more attempts to do so. C’est la vie.
  • Mon dieu…there’s Franglais afoot, mon capitaine. Headline for Lavillenie’s setback ? ‘Brothers in larmes’ Ooh la la, that’s really too tempting to miss. After finishing second in the pole vault, a disconsolate Renaud Lavillenie was embraced by his younger brother, Valentin, who’d finished last in the competition. It was the first time since Stuttgart in 1993 that two brothers had contested the pole vault final. Back then Sergey and Vassily Bubka were in action. Sergey won the title – the fourth of his six consecutive world crowns. Still some way to go, Renaud.
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