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Review: Renaud Lavillenie fails to make World Championship final in Doha (Includes first-hand account)

The men’s pole vault qualifications for the 2019 IAAF World Championships started today at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

World record holder Renaud Lavillenie failed to clear his third height at 5.70 meters, so he is officially out and did not progress to the final. His best clearance was 5.60 meters.

Renaud Lavillenie competing in the men s pole vault at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha

Renaud Lavillenie competing in the men’s pole vault at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha
Daniel Mitchell

To qualify for the men’s pole vault final in Doha one needs a clearance of 5.75 meters, or at least the 12 best athletic performances.

Some of the pole vaulters that are progressing to the final include reigning world champion and world leader Sam Kendricks, Polish athlete Piotr Lisek, and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Thiago Braz, Brazilian pole vaulter Augusto Dutra, American Cole Walsh and Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis, who holds the world junior record in the sport.

Lavillenie holds the world record in the men’s pole vault with 6.16 meters, and has won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games and at the World Indoor Championships (2012, 2016 and 2018), but the only gold medal he has yet to earn in his athletic career is an outdoor world championship one. Unfortunately, for Lavillenie, it will not happen this year either.

Read More: Earlier this year, in February, Digital Journal chatted with Lavillenie’s pole vault coach, Philippe d’Encausse.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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