For Renaud Lavillenie, still no Olympic minimums, it’s starting to smell bad

For Renaud Lavillenie, still no Olympic minimums, it’s starting to smell bad
For Renaud Lavillenie, still no Olympic minimums, it’s starting to smell bad

athletics – This Saturday, in Toulouse, Renaud Lavillenie failed to cross a single bar

The worry is starting to mount. A little over a month before the Paris Olympic Games, former pole vault world record holder Renaud Lavillenie has still not managed to achieve the Olympic minimums (5.82 m). Worse, this Saturday in Toulouse, the Auvergnat was once again in failure and did not cross a single bar.

Having undergone surgery in September on his hamstrings, the 2012 Olympic pole vault champion returned to competition at the end of May and has since continued meetings to try to validate his ticket for the Games, so far in vain. After six competitions in one month, the 37-year-old from Clermont has still not achieved the necessary 5.82 m. Saturday on the famous Place du Capitole in Toulouse, he failed three times to clear 5.50 m, his first bar, hampered by less than optimal conditions with a lot of wind.

Lavillenie now has his back against the wall since he only has one chance left to make the Olympic minimums: the French championships in Angers on Sunday June 30. After a failed return to school (zero in Clermont-Ferrand at the end of May), the former world record holder (6.16 m in 2014) had two promising competitions in Poland (5.72 m) then in Lyon (5.70 m) . But he then lacked success in mid-June at Le Bourget (zero) and Wednesday in Grenoble (5.40 m) after explaining that he had (…) Read more on 20minutes

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