25 MAR 2013 General News Lausanne, Switzerland

Lavillenie looks for fourth win in Lausanne

Renaud Lavillenie topped 5.85m to win in Lausanne (Deca Text&Bild)Renaud Lavillenie topped 5.85m to win in Lausanne (Deca Text&Bild) © Copyright

London 2012 Olympic Games Pole Vault gold medallist Renaud Lavillenie will compete at Athletissima 2013, an IAAF Diamond League meeting, in Lausanne’s Pontaise Stadium on 4 July, the meeting organisers announced on Monday (25).

Lavillenie won his third consecutive European indoor title in Gothenburg earlier this month, clearing 6.01m and only just narrowly failing at 6.07m, a reigning supreme this winter with nine straight wins indoors.

In addition to his Olympic title last summer, he has also won at the last two European Athletics Championships. The dynamic and charismatic Flying Frenchman has also won the Athletissima event in the past three years, his best result being when he went over5.85m in 2010.

He has as his target the meeting record of 5.91m, held by American vaulter Brad Walker since 2007.

This 38th edition of the Athletissima meeting will also feature the best Swiss athletes, including the women’s 4x100m Relay team, national Long Jump record holder Irene Pusterla and the talented sprinter Lea Sprunger, who hails from the Lausanne area.

Organisers for the IAAF

2013 Samsung Diamond League Calendar
Doha, QAT – 10 May
Shanghai, CHN – 18 May
New York, USA – 25 May
Eugene, USA – 1 Jun
Rome, ITA – 6 Jun
Oslo, NOR – 13 Jun
Birmingham, GBR – 30 Jun
Lausanne, SUI – 4 Jul
Paris, FRA – 6 Jul
Monaco, MON – 19 Jul
London, GBR – 27 Jul
Stockholm, SWE – 22 Aug
Zürich, SUI – 29 Aug
Brussels, BEL – 6 Sep