Renaud Lavillenie hits gold on day two of the World Indoor Championships
Reanud Lavillenie came through with the un-thinkable after breaking his hand in December, finishing with the remarkable jump of 5.95m leading the world in 2012.
Knowing that the height of 5.85m in his first jump would have actually done the job for the gold, but Lavillenie never let the odds stand in his way of victory in the tight nit competition until three heights later.
There were three vaulters still in the case at 5.85m following Germany’s Björn Otto and American vaulter Brad Walker had achieved 5.80m after their second attempts.
In the end, Walker attempted the mark of 5.90m with failed attempts, but then decided to save his final remaining effort for the next height. With the gold at stake, Lavillenie also cleared the bar on his first attempt and the bar continued up to 6.00m.
Both Lavillenie and Walker missed with their first effort at that height, so Walker was finished before Lavillenie finsihed his two remaining unsuccessful vaults at 6.02m.