The star pole vaulter doesn’t want to miss out on the 2024 Olympics on his home turf, but the 5.82 metre mark required to qualify for Paris is no longer a foregone conclusion for the former champion and world record-holder after his recent rash of injuries.

There are no guarantees in life, and Renaud Lavillenie should know that after literally touching heaven in 2014 when he smashed the 21-year-old pole vault record by clearing the bar at 6.16 metres, one centimetre more than his predecessor, the great Sergey Bubka. The new record lasted six years, until Swedish sensation ‘Mondo’ Duplantis came along and it to set the mark that currently sits at 6.24.

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