Top pole vault coach heading for IFAC

When it comes to talking about coaching pole vault, Damien Inocencio is ideally qualified.

And that’s why he will be well worth listening to at the International Festival of Athletics Coaching (IFAC) later this month.

The event over the weekend of October 26-28 is eagerly-awaited on the athletics calendar and the lineup includes a host of top names including Sharon Hannan, Toni Minichiello and Stephen Maguire – the scottish athletics ‘Director of Coaching’.

Inocencio, a former pole vaulter himself, is now one of the leading coaches in France.

Since the summer of 2008, Inocencio has coached Renaud Lavillenie all the way to Olympic Gold in London this summer.

In the four years that they have worked together, Lavillenie has become France’s most successful pole vaulter: he has increased his PB from 5.60m to 6.03 indoors and 6.01 outdoors.

This year was one of the duo’s most successful seasons. At the beginning of the year in Istanbul, Lavillenie claimed Gold at the World Indoor Championships with a vault of 5.95m, he then went on to retain his European title outdoors with a vault of 5.97m.

In his first Olympic Games during a nerve-breaking final in London, Lavillenie clinched Gold with a third time clearance of 5.97m. His 5.97m vault was also a new Olympic Record.

Inocencio will deliver two practical workshops on the Pole Vault at the 2012 edition of IFAC.

He will be accompanied by one of his future talents in the pole vault, Baptiste Boirie (5.50m), who will act as an athlete demonstrator for the practical workshops. Those workshops will be delivered in Glasgow’s stunning new Emirates Arena.


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