In his final competition before the defence of his European indoor title, Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie gave himself the perfect confidence-booster at the National Indoor Meeting in Metz on Sunday (24).
Not only did he extend his 2013 winning streak to eight competitions, but his winning clearance of 5.94m was the fifth time this year he has set a world-leading mark.
He cleared each bar at the first time of asking, up to and including his winning height. He came close to clearing 6.00m to round off the competition, but he was more than satisfied with his victory.
It was a good day all round for the Lavillenie family as his younger brother, Valentin, smashed his PB to finish third with 5.70m, the same height as Konstadinos Filippidis in second place.
Other highlights in Metz included a 6.53 victory in the 60m by Kim Collins, Bethwel Birgen won the 1500m in 3:36.66, and Paolo Dal Molin came within 0.02 of the Italian record in the 60m Hurdles, winning in 7.59.