The weather in Gateshead meant this event moved indoors.
Heavy rain in the morning, with strong winds, had made the conditions so difficult that the decision was made early to switch, but there was a familiar feel to the man in first place.
Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie is the Olympic champion and European champion – indoors and out – and after waiting until 5.60m to enter the competition, which he cleared at the first attempt, he set himself on the path to another major win.
He actually only needed one more vault at 5.77m to earn the 12 points and then failed at his three at 5.84m.
But it was the places behind him that were important as far as the title was concerned.
Germany could extend their lead as Bjorn Otto finished third with 5.50m for 10 points as Italy’s Giuseppe Gibilisco was second in 5.60m, equalling his season’s best.
But with a height of 5.20m, and back in joint seventh, the 5.5 points from Russia’s Alexandr Gripich gave Germany a 7.5-point lead.
Cup standings after 26 events
1. Germany 236
2. Russia 228.5
3. Great Britain 225
4. Poland 210
5. France 205.5
6. Ukraine 192.5
7. Italy 163
8. Spain 149
9. Turkey 117
10. Belarus 102.5
11. Greece 101
12. Norway 84