event favourite for gold coming into these championships that would have to be German Chiaraviglio of Argentina, the World Junior Pole Vault leader by a massive 20 centimetres.
Chiaraviglio didn’t shake under the tremendous pressure of not only improving on his silver medal finish from Grosseto 2004 but also becoming his country’s first ever gold medallist at World Junior Championships, and concluded his quest with a new Championships record and personal best of 5.71m.
Under the eyes of his father, also his coach, Chiaraviglio opened at 5.20m, passed 5.30m and cleared 5.36m, a height by which only three athletes remained in contention, by an impressive margin.
Yansheng Yan of China won the battle for silver courtesy of a new personal best of 5.54m while Russia’s Leonid Kivalov took bronze with a 5.42m clearance.
Although Chiaraviglio had one failure at 5.48m and 5.54m each and two failures at 5.60m when the 19-year-old South American times his jump right he was way over the bar.
After clearing 5.71m with his second try, Chiaraviglio who also receives the assistance of Sergey Bubka’s former coach Vitaly Petrov in Formia, asked for the bar to be raised at a would be World Junior record of 5.81m but none of three attempts came even close to a clearance.