Pole Vault Champion Continues Streak

Renaud Lavillenie of France, an Olympic champion and a world-record holder, needed only two jumps to win his third straight pole vault gold medal at the European championships in Zurich.

Lavillenie, 28, stretched his winning streak to 20 competitions by clearing 5.80 meters on his first attempt for gold. He scaled 5.90 meters for good measure afterward. The silver medalist, Pavel Wojciechowski of Poland, cleared 5.70 meters.

Lavillenie holds the world record of 6.16 meters, which he set at an indoor meet in Ukraine in February.



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