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WATCH out next time your out in Hanley… Steve Lewis has just shown his world class form pole vaulting in a shopping centre.

The 27-year-old matched Olympic champion and world record holder Renaund Lavillenie by clearing 5m 71cm at Drake Relays Vault in the Mall in Iowa.

It was a season’s best leap by the Light Oaks Olympian before he and Lavilleni both failed attempts at 5.81m, which would have established a new event record.

Lavilleni, who had vaulted 5.71m at the second try, took gold on count back.

Lewis said: “It gives me plenty of confidence for the season.

“This is only my second competition back and I didn’t compete indoors so this was like a little taste of an indoor season for me, which is awesome.”


From: http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Steve-Lewis-matches-Olympic-champ-Renaund/story-21007164-detail/story.html

Pictured is pole vaulter Steve Lewis in training at Northwood Stadium, Hanley Brief.  Press call for pole vault Oympic medal hopeful, who has secured sponsorship from Realis. Reporter.  Pete Category. Sport  Date.    Monday, February 20 Time.    11am

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