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Mike Rosenbaum

Lavillenie Breaks Pole Vault Mark; Dibaba Scores Again

By February 15, 2014

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World records continue to fall this February, as two were broken Saturday in a pair of different indoor meets. France's Renaud Lavillenie not only set an indoor mark but broke the overall world pole vault record in Saturday's Donetsk Pole Stars meet in Ukraine. With previous record-holder Sergey Bubka in attendance, Lavillenie battled through two misses at 6.01 meters (19 feet, 8 inches) and eventually cleared 6.16/20-2 on his first attempt. Bubka set the indoor and overall world mark of 6.15/20-2 at the Donetsk meet in 1993. He still holds the outdoor record of 6.14/20-1, but in the pole vault, the IAAF accepts indoor clearances for overall world-record purposes.

Lavillenie, the 2012 Olympic champions, set his previous personal best of 6.08/19-11 earlier this month. He opened Saturday's meet by clearing 5.76/18-10 and 5.91/19-4 without a miss, then took one unsuccessful shot at 6.21/20-4 after breaking the record.

Meanwhile, Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia set her third indoor work mark this month. Running in Great Britain at the Sainbury's Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham, Dibaba won the 2-mile race in 9:00.48, shattering Meseret Defar's 2009 indoor record of 9:06.26. Dibaba broke indoor marks at 1500 and 3000 meters in the previous two weeks.


February 20, 2014 at 2:50 pm
(1) Nick Furjanick says:

Is there any video access to the meet in which these marks are/were set. Although slower than sludge myself I am a track and field fan (as in fanatic). I find it bordering on the criminal that tractor pulls displace track meets especially those on non-USA soil.
Any suggestions? I have even contemplated installing a dish antenna if I could find one that would truly provide world wide sports.

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