A dream men’s pole vault tops the first field announced for the 2019 Prefontaine Classic on 30 June, which also brings the IAAF Diamond League to California for the first time.

It is not a dream. Every active member of the six-metre club is prepared to vault, including the world record holder, the last two Olympic gold medallists, and every IAAF Diamond League winner ever.

World record-holder Renaud Lavillenie (pole vault world rank: 4) won his third world indoor title last year, the most recent of his achievements as one of the event’s best ever. The four-time Pre Classic winner set a US all-comers’ record of 6.05m at the 2015 edition.

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