Thibaut Collet smashes 5.95 m on the pole vault, third French performance of all time

A very small stadium for a historic performance. A few weeks before the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Thibaut Collet jumped to 5.95 m on Wednesday evening during the “Perche des Alpes” meeting, in Montbonnot-Saint-Martin (Isère), signing the third best performance in the history of the tricolor pole, behind Renaud Lavillenie (6.14 m) and Jean Galfione (6 m).

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Collet, who crossed this threshold on his second attempt, also became the third world performer of the year, and the second outdoors. A more than encouraging level of form in view of the Olympic Games.

“The next step is 6 m, 6.01 m”

“I am very happy to have achieved this performance, here at home. I dream of jumping higher than that but I dreamed of taking this step here in front of our audience, that of Grenoble”, rejoiced Thibaut Collet who for the record beat the record of his father, Philippe Collet, now aged now 60 years old and who had cleared 5.94 m in Grenoble in 1990.

“The steps follow each other. I check the boxes I wanted to check. We will have to work harder because we will have to do more at the Olympics, added the hero of the evening. The working base is very solid. Now, my record is 5.95 m. I can officially say it, loud and clear, the next step is 6 m, 6.01 m to get the second French performance in history. » And why not a little charm on the evening of August 5th.

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