Mark set on same day as marathon record

France’s Kevin Mayer made up for recent disappointments in spectacular style when he set a decathlon world record of 9,126 points at the Decastar event in Talence, France on Sunday. World champion and Olympic silver medallist Mayer surpassed American Ashton Eaton’s 9,045 total at the 2015 world championships in Beijing.…

Olympic champion Lavillenie switches coaches

CLERMONT-FERRAND: Newly-crowned Olympic pole vault champion Renaud Lavillenie of France has dropped coach Damien Inocencio to work with former international pole vaulter Philippe D’Encausse. “I can only confirm his decision. But the reasons given are so childish that they can’t justify his decision,” Inocencio, who had coached 25-year-old Lavillenie for…

Pole vaulter Lavillenie flying French flag

Renaud Lavillenie has been left flying the French flag for his country’s athletics team at the Olympic Games, the pole vaulter arriving in London in the form of his life and odds-on favourite to claim gold. After claiming a disappointing bronze at last year’s World Championships in Daegu, Lavillenie underwent…