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STEVE HOOKER’S STORY BEHIND THE PICTURE

Australia’s 2009 world and 2008 Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker reflects on this image taken when he and Renaud Lavillenie are set to share an embrace at the end of a titanic battle at the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup in Split, Croatia.

“This is one of my favourite images from my career. It was probably the first time where both Renaud and I jumped well at the same meeting. We’d enjoyed a good, tough competition in which I won with 5.95m, five centimetres ahead of Renaud.

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