RENAUD LAVILLENIE NEWS

Big season ahead for pole-vault record-holder Lavillenie

This year, Renaud Lavillenie wants to be the Diamond League's top pole-vaulter for a sixth straight season, break his own world record, claim a first world title, and hopefully leave enough free time to go motorcycle racing. ''I think it will be a good season,'' the 2014 IAAF athlete of the year said Tuesday. ''I hope so.'' It's a big year for the Frenchman, maybe even as big as...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Renaud Lavillenie triumphs at 4th straight European indoors

PRAGUE (AP) Renaud Lavillenie proved his class again by winning a fourth straight pole vault title at the European Indoor Championships on Saturday. The Frenchman vaulted 5.75 and 5.90 meters to leave behind the field. He cleared a year-best 6.04 at his second attempt for the championship record. Then he tried 6.17, 0.01 higher than the world indoor record he set a year ago, but...
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March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Lavillenie eyes world record at European indoor championship

PRAGUE (AP) A year after Renaud Lavillenie set an indoor world record in the men's pole vault, he's ready to go even higher. The Frenchman cleared 6.16 meters to take Sergei Bubka's 21-year-old mark and secured victories in the Diamond Race and at the European Championships in 2014. The Olympic champion will be seeking a fourth straight title at the European Indoor Championships...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Bubka troubled by Ukraine conflict as he seeks IAAF top job

LONDON (AP) Sergei Bubka has more than just votes on his mind as he campaigns for the top job in track and field. While he pursues the presidency of the International Association of Athletics Federations, the pole vault great can't help but be distracted by the escalating conflict in eastern Ukraine, where he was born and raised. ''It's tough. It's tough for me,'' Bubka told The...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Seb Coe declares candidacy for IAAF president

LONDON (AP) Two-time Olympic middle-distance champion Sebastian Coe is running for president of track and field's world governing body, calling for a shake-up of the sport to attract young people, create more head-to-head competitions between star athletes and restore public confidence after years of doping scandals. Coe declared his candidacy Thursday for the top job of the International...
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November 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Lavillenie, Adams named IAAF athletes of the year

MONACO (AP) Pole vault indoor record holder Renaud Lavillenie of France and shot putter Valerie Adams of New Zealand were named world athletes of the year on Friday. The 28-year-old Lavillenie succeeded Usain Bolt after clearing 6.16 meters to take Sergei Bubka's 21-year-old mark in February. The Frenchman also won 21 of the 22 competitions he entered this year, securing victories...
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November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

France's Daunay wins marathon at Euros

ZURICH (AP) Christelle Daunay of France broke away from Italian Valeria Straneo in the final stages of the marathon to win the European Championships title on Saturday. Jessica Augusto of Portugal, who had been in lone pursuit of the pair for much of the race, took bronze. At age 39, Daunay won the biggest title in her career in championship record time of 2 hours, 25 minutes, 14...
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August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Bubka calls for halt to violence in Ukraine

Sergei Bubka, the pole vault great who heads the Ukrainian Olympic Committee, urged both sides Wednesday in Ukraine's political crisis to lay down their weapons and halt the violence that is bringing the country to ''the brink of catastrophe.'' ''I'm ready to do everything I can to help the peaceful process,'' Bubka said. Bubka issued his call after clashes between riot police...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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