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LAVILLENIE TAKES SEVENTH FRENCH OUTDOOR TITLE IN MARSEILLE

Renaud Lavillenie captured his seventh outdoor title to highlight the French National Championships in Marseille.

The men pole vault’s contest promised a strong competition with four athletes having reached the world championships qualifying standard of 5.70m: Renaud Lavillenie and his brother Valentin as well as Kévin Ménaldo and Axel Chapelle who took part in the U23 European Championships.

Renaud Lavillenie, who became a father for the first time two days ago, cleared 5.80m. He was then very close at 5.90m on his second attempt.

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